Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Come WATCH Nationals

National Championships for Trampoline and Tumbling are being held in Hamilton this weekend. The campus of McMaster University will be welcoming the top athletes in the "Trampoline Gymnastics" disciplines as well as Rhythmic Gymnastics this weekend and Artistic Gymnastics next week.

We have three OGC Tumblers participating: Lauren Rotolo in the Novice 15+ Women's Tumbling, Luke Mackinnon in the Novice 10-14 Men's Tumbling and Jonathan Meehan in the Youth Men's Tumbling.

This Sunday is the Tumbling Team Competition where you will have the opportunity to see some of the best tumblers from across Canada do their thing.

We invite all of you to come to the Championships whenever you might have time this weekend.

The exciting team competition begins at 6:00pm on Sunday, May 31st but there are other tumbling events taking place all weekend.

You can find the competition schedule at:

We hope everyone comes out to watch. Nationals will never be closer.

Tickets are sold at the door.

Here are the prices


Adult Senior Student Child
18+ 55+ 13 ‐ 17 6 ‐ 12
Preliminary Rounds $12.00 $10.00 $10.00 $5.00
Finals $15.00 $12.00 $12.00 $6.00
3 Day Pass (Does Not Include Finals) $30.00 $24.00 $24.00 $9.00
4 Day Pass (Does Not Include Finals) $42.00 $32.00 $32.00 $12.00

Family Pass (Daily Only) Includes: any combination of 4 categories less $8
Example: 3 Adults (x $12) and 1 Senior (x $10) = $46 less
$8 = $38


My apologies for posting that the Team Photo was only for the Provincial and National Tumblers. I myself have not been at a Team Photo session in the past so I couldn't remember who was to be in it. Glad everyone showed up despite my ERROR.

We apologies for how long it took but we were glad with the turn out.


Summer and Fall Schedules

Here is the schedule for the Summer and the TENTATIVE Fall schedule.

We have tried to keep it so that people have their Fridays off as well throughout the summer.

During the Summer Andree Matte will be filling in for Niki. Niki will return to coaching in the fall. I will provide you all with a profile of Andree shortly.

As we get closer to each month we will distribute a more complete schedule.

Monday, May 25, 2009

OGC Team Photo

All Provincial and National Level Tumblers

We are planning to have a TEAM picture taken next Tuesday evening, May 26th at 7:30 p.m. There will be no individual pictures done. Agnes has notified, or will notify, everyone by email to wear their competitive suits or track suits or a nice suit, especially the little ones. Please notify your staff. The individual pictures will be done sometime in the fall.

For those of you who train during this time we will simply break from training for the duration of the picture taking event and then resume training.

Friday, May 22, 2009

OPEN Tryouts for 2009/2010 Season


For those trying out:

If you are 8 years of age or younger you need to be at the gym for 7:00pm and will be tested until 8:00pm.

If you are 9 years of age or older you need to be at the gym for 8:00pm and will be tested until 9:00pm.

Please wear appropriate gymnastics attire. Baggy shirts and shorts are not good gym attire. Wear something form fitting and able to move with you.

We will be evaluating: attitude, listening skills, behaviour, physical ability and physical potential.

If you are selected to be part of the Oakville Gymnastics Club's Power Tumbling Team for the 2009/2010 Season you will be contacted by phone and invited to attend the Parent Meeting on the following Wednesday.

If you are NOT selected you will still receive a call and provided with one of several options: Invited to tryout again in the future when more skills are acquired, Invited to continue the recreational gymnastics or trampoline and tumbling classes, or we might suggest that tumbling is not a sport that your child's aptitudes are suited for.

Prerequisites: general strength and flexibility. Cartwheels, round-offs, and standing back handsprings are a great asset as many athletes who will be trying out for the team will have these skills or better; however, this does not prevent us from selecting individuals who have raw talent and appear teachable.

You will be supplied with more detailed program information at the Open Tryout.

Please wait to ask program questions until after the Tryout.


Everyone who is presently in a Developmental or Provincial Tumbling group is required to attend the

Re-Tryouts on Wednesday, June 3rd.

Developmental Tumblers from Amanda's, Ellie's or Ricardo's groups are expected to be at the Re-Tryout between 5:00 and 7:00pm.

Provincial Tumblers from Don's and Dave's groups are expected to be at the Re-Tryouts between 7:00 and 9:00pm.

No alternate dates for Re-Tryouts will be provided so if there is a soccer, or baseball or anyother conflict please note that this is the one time where you really need to come to the gym.

We have been evaluating you over the course of the year. The elements we are looking at include: attitude, behaviour, dedication, performance, skill development, parental willingness to participate and be involved when requested.

The Re-Tryout allows us to see all of the athletes together and to make direct comparisons between athletes from different groups. As well it allows Niki and myself to see all of those athletes that are in groups that we ourselves do not coach directly. We will be doing a direct evaluation of tumbling skills and physical fitness during the Re-Tryouts.

Most athletes will find themselves back on the team. Some athletes will not. This is part of being in competitive sport. Sometimes athletes will be cut from a team or program after several years of participation. Please understand this. We believe that all of the athletes in our program are talented individuals and will be able to find success in other aspects of their athletic careers even if it is not in tumbling in our program.

If you find your child NOT invited back next year you may request a meeting with Niki and/or I to discuss our decision but most decisions are final.

We thank everyone for participating and making the OGC Power Tumbling Team one of the strongest tumbling clubs in Canada. We are in fact the largest tumbling club in Canadian history.

Congratulations to everyone this year and all the best in the future.

June Schedule

Here is the June schedule as it stand right now.

Items to note:

Amanda will be away between the 30th of May and the 6th of June. On Sunday May 31st Ricardo will be supplying for Amanda. On Friday June 5th we will have another subsitute coach but I have not confirmed who as of yet. Amanda missed a Wednesday night class this week (May 20th) due to illness. She will be making that class up in June but we have not yet set a time. I will e-mail this Developmental group when we have firmed up a Make Up class time and date. Our apologies.

Re-Tryouts will be Wednesday, June 3rd, Developmental Tumblers are to come from 5:00 to 7:00pm and Provincial Tumblers are to come between 7:00 and 9:00pm. I will post more specific information about the Re-Tryouts.

Open Tryouts will be on Thursday, June 4th. We do not plan to have Call Backs this year.

Groups for the next season will be posted on Monday, Jun 8th.

Parent Meetings for the new groups will be the subsequent Wednesdays (Wednesday, June 10th there will be a parent meeting for all Developmental Tumblers and Families, this includes new tumblers, Wednesday, June 17th there will be a parent meeting for all Provincial and National Tumblers and Families, this includes any tumblers that will have been moved up into a provincial group from a developmental group).

The last day will be Friday, June 26th.

The summer program will start Monday, July 5th.

We will be taking the last week of June (June 29th to July 3rd) and the last two weeks of August off for summer holidays (August 24th to September 4th).

We will start back to regular Fall/Winter/Spring schedule on Thursday, September 10th.

2009/2010 Tumbling Program Summary

We have decided to change the structure of the Oakville Power Tumbling Program for the 2009/2010 season.

Please note that we have removed the Developmental 4 group. We have decided to downsize the developmental program as next year we will be having a large number of athletes trying to get into only a handful of spaces in the Provincial and National groups.

Please also note that the Developmental 3 Group will be training 8 hours instead of 6.

The Provincial D group will train 8 hours as per normal.

The Provincial CB and Provincial CBA groups will train 10 hours and will actually be co-coached by both Niki and myself like we do with the National group.

I will be providing you with a July/August Schedule shortly and a tentative September (Fall/Winter/Spring) schedule.

Please note that Dave, Ellie and Ricardo will not be coaching in the tumbling program next season. We thank them for their great work and enthusiasm coaching in the tumbling program over the past couple of seasons. I'm sure we will see them supply coaching in the future and continue to see them around the Oakville Gymnastics Club.

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

OGC Tumbler on Cirque Website

Just copy and paste the following search string to bring you to the Cirque Du Soleil website (or click on this link). At the top there are pictures that fade in and out of different performers. The one with the little hat and the yellow suspenders is Ryan Stephenson formerly a tumbler in the OGC tumbling program.

Ryan has been traveling in the America's for two years now and will be heading to Europe this summer with the traveling show Saltimbanco.

All the best to Ryan.


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Retro Summer Invitational


Here is a picture of the information sheet that was handed out over the past week to all tumblers. Some did not get it for whatever reasons. Please register with Agnes in the main office as soon as you can.

The REGISTRATION DEADLINE is Sunday, May 24th.
The COMPETITION DATE is Sunday, June 14th.

Thursday, May 14, 2009


Just wanted to let you know about the long weekend schedule.

It's the same as regular.

Monday, May 18th is cancelled as that is the holiday and the Glen Abby Recreational Centre will be cosed. Ricardo's Developmental Class will not be running on that day.

Get out and enjoy the weekend though. Please let your coaches know if you will be cottaging or away for whatever reason.

Friday, May 8, 2009

Schedule resized

Mother's Day Weekend Schedule

Hi Everyone,

Since I do not have everyone on my e-mail contact list I thought I would post this weekends scheduled changes here. I hope everyone checks the blog regularly for updates, news, and to steal photos (for those of you who don't know how to do this click directly on the picture, it will appear on an additional screen in larger format, right click and then click on Save to Pictures and it's yours. This is also my way of photo sharing.)

Friday, May 8th

Dev 1 No Training Make Up Monday May 4th
Prov BA 4:30-8:00 (Da)
Prov CB 4:30-6 :30(D)
Dev 2 No Training Make Up Monday May 4th

Nat All 6:30-8:30 (D)

For the Developmental Groups that Amanda coaches I am hearing there was a miscommunication or a non-communication about the Monday, May 4th Make Up class so she will be letting you know (or I will be letting you know) when the alternate Make Up Class will be. Sorry about that little slip up.

Sunday, May 10th MOTHER's DAY

Prov CB 9:30-12:30 (D)
Dev Grp 4 11:30-1:30 (R)
Prov DC Training 9:30-12:30 with CB Group
Dev Grp 3 1:00-3:00 (E)
Dev Grp 2 2:00-4:00 (A)

Nat All Training 12:30-3:30 (D)

All Tumblers 3:30-9:30pm Spend time with Mom!

If you are unable to attend class due to Mother's Day activities or for any other reasonable reason please let your coach know or drop me an e-mail at

Keep you eyes on the blog as I will post the schedules here as well. (Note if the schedule is too small to read just click on it and it will come up bigger. If you want a paper copy please request it of me through e-mail or I can send you a Word Document. I haven't figured out how to post a Word Doc on BlogSpot).

This coming week I will be posting the information about Re-Tryouts and Open Tryouts, how the registration for the next season will proceed, and I will give you a heads up on summer and fall schedules. You'll want to see this stuff.


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Easterns Nova Scotia Day 2.3

Easterns Nova Scotia Day 2.2

Easterns Nova Scotia Day 2.1

Like I said we had it in the bag on Day 2 of the Eastern Canadian Trampoline and Tumbling Championships.

We brought home four individual medals. Wahoo!

Haley Palmer won GOLD in the Women's 13 & Over C devision.

Kezia Allen won BRONZE in the Women's B devision.

Jack McGarr won BRONZE in the Men's B devision.

Cory Marsh won GOLD in the Men's A devision.

Josh Sardella placed 5th in the Men's B devision.
Anthony Gentili placed 6th in the Men's B devision.
Braden Currie placed 9th in the Men's B devision.

This Easterns was fantastic. Everyone had a great time, made some new friends, and competed very well.

The Acadia University was an ideal location to host the Easterns and the food was great. On Sunday morning before the competition we tried to take a little trip to Peggy's Cove but decided it was too far. Instead we slipped over to the Halifax harbour and walked around in the fog. It was nice to get out and see something other than the inside of the arena.

After the long set of awards everyone did a quick change and went to the final banquet where everyon cut loose on the dance floor.

I want to say thanks to all the OGC athletes for being well behaved and being very respectful throughout the whole trip.

As well I want to thank the parents for their cooperation and for driving us to the Halifax Harbour. We could not have done it without you.

Well done everyone. Hope you like the pics.

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Easterns Nova Scotia Day 1.3

More pictures. We've got it in the bag!!!

Easterns Nova Scotia Day 1.2

Easterns Nova Scotia Day 1.1

Here are some pics from Day 1 of the Trampoline and Tumbling Eastern Canadian Championships. I don't have specific results but I do have team results.

C 13+ Women's Team including Haley Palmer 1st place GOLD

B Women's Team including Kezia Allen 1st place GOLD

B Men's Team including Anthony Gentili and Josh Sardella 1st place GOLD

Individual Finals are tomorrow. Enjoy the fun pictures. Tomorrow we are going to Peggy's Cove. I will have even more great photos tomorrow.