Thursday, June 28, 2012

Banquet Location

Just for your information the Banquet will take place at 

The Harbour Banquet & Conference Centre - 
2340 Ontario Street, 
Oakville, ON L6L 6P7

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

July Updated Schedule

Here is the most up to date TUMBLING schedule as of June 26th, 2012.

Mostly the news is that Valerii Luchko has decided to wait until he receives full immigration status to make his way to Canada to coach for us.  

I am now actively pursuing a coach from the UK to fill the spot.

As well we have Vladimir Komar who will be working with the National group along side Don.  As Vlad's English improves he will likely coach more of the younger groups.

In the meantime Ester Falardeau of Voltigeurs Gymnastics Club, Quebec will be filling the role of coach.  She is an Provincial A level tumbler herself and will be training with the National group when the schedule permits.

As some people find it hard to decipher this schedule let me break it down this one time:

Developmental 1 Tumbling: Jonathan and Ester coaches
Tuesdays 4:00 - 6:00pm
Thursdays 4:00 - 6:00pm

Developmental 2 Tumbling: Jane coach
Mondays 1:30 - 3:30pm
Wednesdays 1:30 - 3:30pm
Thursdays 1:30 - 3:30pm

Developmental 3 Tumbling: Ester coach
Mondays 3:00 - 6:00pm
Wednesdays 1:30 - 4:30pm
Thursdays 2:00 - 4:00pm

Provincial D Tumbling: Ester coach
Mondays 12:00 - 3:00pm
Tuesdays 12:00 - 3:00pm
Thursdays 12:00 - 2:00pm

Provincial CBA Tumbling: Jon and Don coaches
Mondays 12:00 - 3:00pm
Tuesdays 12:00 - 3:00pm
Wednesdays 1:00 - 3:00pm
Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00pm

National All Group Tumbling : Don and Vlad coaches
Mondays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Tuesdays 6:00 - 8:30pm
Wednesdays 6:00 - 9:00pm
Thursdays 6:00 - 8:30pm

National Youth/Open/Senior Extra Tumbling: Vlad coach
In addition to National All Group training times
Tuesdays 8:30 - 9:30pm
Thursdays 8:30 - 9:30pm

Hope this break down helps everyone.

Please email Don with the dates that you will be away for vacation, camp, etc.


Monday, June 25, 2012

Retro Summer Invitational Pics

Hey Everyone,

Send me your best photos from the Scarborough Retro Summer Tumbling Invitational.  We'll get them posted here on the blog.  As well check my Youtube channel for videos of the competition.

Saturday, June 23, 2012

June Tumbling Parent Meeting Info

Communications from the 2012 June Parent Meeting for the OGC Tumbling Program

Congratulations to all the tumblers who were offered spots in the Oakville Gymnastics Club Tumbling Program for the 2012/2013 season. We do appreciate your dedication, commitment and loyalty towards the tumbling program.

Don Holmes – Co-Head Coach/Co-Director of the Tumbling Program
Niki Lavoie – Co-Head Coach/Co-Director of the Tumbling Program (on maternity leave until end of October)
Vladimir Komar – National Group Tumbling Coach with Don during Niki’s maternity leave (July to end of October)
Jonathan Meehan – Developmental and Provincial Level Tumbling Coach
Jane Kirwan – Developmental Level Tumbling coach taking the Developmental 2 group duing Niki’s maternity leave (July to end of October)
Valerii Luchko – Developmental and Provincial Tumbling coach arriving in Canada mid-July
See the website under Competitive Staff.

The One Year Contract Policy:  As you know the Tumbling program offers your child a space in the program for one year and at the end of each season we do ask all of our athletes to “ReTryout”.  By implementing the ‘Re-Tryout’ and ‘Tryout’ protocols we are not trying to be mean or unsupportive of those athletes that we have been working with and developing over the previous year (or years). Our program is a competitive program with a limited number of spaces. We are simply trying to ensure that those athletes who are the most deserving of a spot on the team are receiving those spots. If at some point we do ask your child to leave the program this may be thought of as a good thing allowing the athlete the opportunity to explore other sports where he/she may be more suited physically, mentally or socially. 

Summer Attendance: During the summer session we expect 50% attendance as a minimum. We would prefer that your child attends 100% of their scheduled classes but we understand summer schedules are far more diverse and we would hope that kids take the time to enjoy summer camps, weeks at the cottage and time with family. Please send an e-mail to your athlete’s coach with the dates that your child will not be at tumbling. Low attendance in some groups on specific weeks may allow us to accommodate other athletes who have summer training conflicts and permit them to make the minimum number of training hours.

Fall/Winter/Spring Attendance: During the school year we expect 80% attendance as a minimum. Obviously the less your athlete trains the less they will progress and the less they will be prepared for competition. It is in your best interest to have your athlete at the gym as much as possible.

Violation of Attendance Minimums and Removal from the Program: We cannot hold spots for athletes who do not attend the program. If you have schedule conflicts that will prevent your athlete from reaching the minimum attendance requirement but wish to remain as part of the tumbling program please e-mail the Tumbling Program Directors outlining your situation.

OGC Code of ConductWe have created a specific code of conduct for our athletes while part of the team, mostly for traveling with us while not with a parent.  As we travel to competitions you will see this document and if you have any concerns with it at that time we can address them then.

Schedules: Summer Schedules and Fall/Winter/Spring schedules have been distributed. We understand the logistical difficulties that families encounter by receiving these schedules in June as summer camp registration and vacations need to be booked several months in advance. Please note that we create our schedule with careful consideration. We realize that there will be conflicts and we have outlined how we are attempting to provide concessions for these conflicts.  Also note that due to the ever evolving space usage of the gym we may find it necessary to change a scheduled class temporarily or permanently depending on the situation.  We cannot foresee these situations but we will try to provide you with as much notice as possible prior to changes.

Tumbling Program Weeks Off during the Summer: Note that these change each year as we need to address the competition schedule that is also ever changing.  We will try to let you well in advance so that you can plan vacations/camps/etc.

Active Rest: During the rest periods we expect athletes to remain active. We give the tumblers a checklist of activities to do during their off time in order to keep them fit.

Maternity Leave:  Vladimir Komar will be taking over the National Group coaching for Amanda as of July 1st.  He will remain on until the end of October when Niki returns to coaching the National group.  As well Jane Kirwan will be taking the Developmental 2 tumblers for the summer, September and October.  At the beginning of November Niki will take over coaching the Developmental 2 group.  Vlarii Luchko will be arriving mid-July but until then we will have Ester Falardeau from Voltigeurs Gymnastics Club, St. Hyacinthe, Quebec, coaching Developmental 1, Developmental 3 and Provincial D tumbling groups.  Ester is a former Women’s Artistic Gymnast who became a power tumbler in 2011.  She is with us for the summer to train with our National tumbling group and to work on her English skills.

Nutrition: We will post some nutrition information on the blog at some point to assist you with meal planning for effective trainings and competitions so keep you eye on the blog.

Water Bottles Tumblers ONLY:  Tumblers are permitted to bring water bottles into the gym and kept in a box under the tumbling bulletin board so that athletes do not have to cross the gym to get to the water fountains.  Only OGC Tumblers will be permitted this.  Please send your child with a reusable water bottle for all trainings.

Viewing Area Closure: During the summer months and on some holidays the viewing area may be closed in the evening so there will be no parent viewing. Your child will be let in at the sliding glass doors at the front of the club and be ushered out at the end of their session. When the viewing area is closed no one is permitted in the gym lobby for safety and liability reasons. Our apologies for the inconvenience that this might cause.  If there is an emergency and you need to contact us inside the gym we ask that you bang on the back door of the gym to try and get our attention.  There is usually someone standing in that corner by the trampolines preparing to take a turn so we will here you knocking.

Individual Parent Meetings: We offer individual parent meetings as we or you feel they are necessary. If you have individual questions that pertain to your specific situation we ask that you not address these in a public forum but leave it to an e-mail or individual meeting.

Chain of Command:  Speak to your child’s coach(es) directly for anything you may have questions about.  Then you may speak to Don and Niki.  If we are not able to help you then you can speak to Wayne Hussey the COO of Oakville Gymnastics Club.  If you have a question about an event/competition DO NOT contact Gymnastics Ontario directly.  DO NOT contact the host club of an event directly.  If you have a question address it through the coach(es) and we will ask GO or the event host for you as your question is likely one that other’s have.

Sponsorship: Athletes are able to search for sponsors to offset the costs of training and competitions. The OGC has created a sponsorship package for all competitive athletes. Please enquire if you are interested in sponsorship.

Fundraisers: We do two fundraisers that we try to keep easy and simple.  We will be sending out information on the Family Fun Night and a raffle for Maple Leaf Tickets.

Event and Competition Schedule:  See attachment not set yet but will be posted on the blog as soon as we have confirmed dates.

Competitive Structure Provincial and National – See attachment, previous post

The Competitions.
National Tumblers: Need to attend an international meet at some point in order to qualify to the Canadian National Team.  We will speak directly to those who individuals who this pertains to.

Competitive Wear:  We change our competitive singlet and shorts/leotard every two years.  More information will be coming very soon about this.  This is our third year with a suit so most of you should already have it.  Please be sure to have your athlete try their suit on to ensure that it still fits.   We do plan to keep the present competitive suit for one more year.  Tracksuits will remain the same this year.  If you don’t have a tracksuit let us know as tracksuit orders usually happen in the fall.  There is a possibility for swapping or purchasing a lightly used tracksuit from another athlete.  Information will be distributed via e-mail regarding a Swap or Exchange Day.

OGC Tumbling T-shirts: $12 for the navy blue or grey t-shirts.

OGC Optional Apparel:  We plan to make some hooded sweatshirts, sweat pants and other OGC apparel available for purchase this fall as well stay tuned to the blog for more information on these items.   

Any Financial questions please direct to Agnes Jankura in the main office.

Check your e-mails regularly for OGC info.

READ THE BLOG REGULARLY: It is VERY IMPORTANT that YOU keep up-to-date on the blog. It is the online bulletin board for our program. Everything is archived there so you can go back and pull any information that you might need.

FALL PARENT MEETINGS:  We will have additional Parent Meetings in September to regroup after the summer months and prepare for the competitive season.


Any questions can be directed to: or

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Retro Summer Tumbling Level Confusion

Every year there is some confusion as to what levels our tumblers are competing while at the Scarborough Retro Summer Tumbling Invitational as many athletes are now able to try moving up to a more difficult level.  I have posted the levels of our club as far as I understand it with the most recent changes.

***Check the list and the recent changes posted under the image of the registration list:

Caitlin Wallace was in and is now out and not competing.
Maxx Brunetta was registered Interclub Junior but is now corrected to Interclub Senior
Daniela Mendoza is on this above list as Interclub Junior but should be Interclub Senior.
Megan Turnbull is also on the above list as Interclub Junior but should be Interclub Senior.
Briana Hoyward is actually Brianna Hayward.  My type-o.
Ella Brace is actually Ella Bruce.
Ava Shriver should be on this list as Interclub Novice.

Please let me know if there are any additional corrections or changes to this list.

Thanks.  Sorry for the confusion.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Retro Summer Invitational Schedule

Here is the schedule for the 7th Annual Retro Summer Tumbling Invitational.

All tumbling will be done by 12:30pm.

The competition will take place at 
Scarborough Gym Elite, 
510 Coronation Drive, Units 15-16, 
Scarborough, Ontario, 
M1E 4X6

Remember that this event has a Retro Summer theme so break out the Hawaiian shirts, the big sunglasses, and prepare to enjoy the old school summer fun.

Note:  If you did not register for this competition
 there is 
at the OGC 
on Sunday, June 24th.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Parent Meeting for 2012/2013 Team

There will be a Parent Meeting for parents of athletes whose children will be part of the 2012/2013 Tumbling Program on Tuesday, June 19th from 8:15pm to 9:00pm in the Meeting Room B in the Glen Abby Rec Centre.

Please be sure to have one parent (or both) attend this important information meeting.  If you have questions please hold onto them until after the meeting.  Your questions may be answered during the meeting.  There will be a question period at the end of the meeting.

If your athlete is not returning for the 2012/2013 season then you do not need to attend the meeting.  If your child did not receive a spot on the team you also do not need to attend the meeting.

See you there.

Fall Schedule Draft

Here is the draft of the Fall / Winter Schedule.  Niki Lavoie will be coming off of her maternity leave November 1st.  With Niki returning to coaching the schedule will change as she will be taking the Developmental 2 tumblers and the National All group.  Valerii is a male coach that will be coming to us from the Ukraine.  Vladimir is a coach originally from Belarus but has been coaching in Israel for 20 years.  Both Valerii and Vladimir come with years of high level coaching experience.  Please welcome them to the OGC.

If you cannot read the schedule click on it and it should come up in a larger format.

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Summer Schedule

Here is the Summer Schedule for Tumbling and Acrobatic Gymnastics at the OGC.  We have tried to keep it all between Monday and Thursday for everyone.  This way you will be able to head to the cottage early on Friday.  We will be taking the last two weeks of August off (August 20th to 31st).  

We will plan to have Parent Meetings at some point at the end of June.  We will let you know when those will take place.

A September schedule is being worked on.  We will post it here as soon as it is completed.  

Competitive athlete packages will be ready in the Office next week.  Please stop by the office to pick up the information package from Agnes. 

Niki Lavoie will return to the program November 1st.  She will be taking the National All Group with Don and the Developmental 2 tumblers.

Valerii is a male coach from the Ukraine that we are bringing in to work with Tumbling and Acrobatic Gymnastics.  He is presently performing with Cirque du Soleil.

Vladimir is a Bellarussian coach who will be working with Don coaching the National All group while Amanda begins her maternity leave July 1st.

If you have questions please address them in an email as we now have approximately 110 athletes offered spots in the Tumbling and Acrobatic Gymnastics program and just under 100 who did not receive a place in the program.  We will try to get back to everyone as soon as we can. 

Congratulations to everyone who was offered a spot in our programs.

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Groups 2012 2013

Here are the tumbling groups set for the 2012 2013 season.  More information regarding the schedule will be posted later today or this evening.  My apologies for not providing you with more information immediately.  

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

2012 Ontario Championships Schedule Address

The 2012 Ontario Championships for Trampoline & Tumbling are coming up this weekend in Mississauga.

The competition will take place on Saturday, June 9th only.  All tumblers will compete on the Saturday.

Again, note that there will be NO TRAINING for Provincial DC or CBA group on Sunday, June 10th at the OGC.

The address of the competition is:

University of Toronto @ Mississauga
Recreation and Wellness Centre
3359 Mississauga Road North
Mississauga, ON, L5L 1C6

Here is the link to the competition schedule as posted on line:

Here is the schedule in a slightly larger format than you will find when you go to the link.
Morning Flights

Afternoon flights

Evening Flights
Yes, everyone has a finals pass, which, similar to Easterns, will simply be their second pass.  Good luck to all of the OGC tumblers competing at the Ontario Championships.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

June Schedule complete

Here is the complete June schedule.

2012 Ontario T&T Championships Schedule

So far only a draft schedule has been circulated.  All tumbling will take place on Saturday, June 9th.  No Tumbling is scheduled for Sunday, June 10th.  

Please note that on the June schedule the Provincial CBA and Provincial DC groups will NOT be training on Sunday, June 10th despite the competition concluding on the Saturday evening.

I will get a final schedule up here on the blog as soon as it is circulated.