Thursday, June 27, 2013

Retro Summer Tumbling Invitational 2013 Pics

Here are some pics from the 2013 Retro Summer Trampoline & Tumbling Invitational hosted by Scarborough Gym Elites on Sunday, June 23rd.

Anna holding up her Interclub Intermediate ribbon.

Developmental 2 Tumbling group ladies.

Umm, Ryan and Andrew.

Riley, Helen and Danielle all from the OGC receiving their awards in the sun.

Cassandra and Mass receiving their Provincial level 2 tumbling awards.

Ladies fixing their hair and Teanna Paris taking the gold in Provincial Level 3 tumbling.

Courtney and Ella hanging from the ceiling.

Sophie and Victoria sharing a moment at the Retro Summer Tumbling Invitational.

Anna will not be allowed to coach for a few more years.  Good thing.  I hope Leah is okay.

Mac and Emma dominating the podium in the National tumbling category.  
Videos from the day will be on Don's Youtube channel shortly.  Follow the link to Don's Youtube channel here:

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Thank you and Good Night

Thank you to everyone who made the 2012/2013 Oakville Gymnastics Club TUMBLING season such a great one.  We truly appreciate all of your support over the year.

Have a great summer and we look forward to 2013/2014.

The OGC Tumbling program will be done as of Thursday, June 27th.  Thursday will be our last evening of training.  There will be NO Tumbling training on Friday, June 28th.
Have a great Canada Day weekend.  We will see everyone back Tuesday, July 2nd for the start of the summer session.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Retro Summer Comp Schedule

See the post that was posted before the Parent Meeting Notes.

June Parent Meeting Notes

Communications from the 2013 June Parent Meeting

Congratulations to all the tumblers who were offered spots in the Oakville Gymnastics Club Tumbling Program for the 2013/2014 season. We do appreciate your dedication, commitment and loyalty towards the tumbling program.

Don Holmes – Co-Head Coach/Co-Director of the Tumbling Program Coaching the National Tumbling Group
Niki Lavoie – Co-Head Coach/Co-Director of the Tumbling Program, coaching Developmental 1, Developmental 2 and the National Tumbling Group
Amanda George – Coach Developmental 1, 3 and Provincial 234 Groups
Daniela Petrova – Coaching the Provincial 1&2 group and the Provincial 234 Group with Amanda
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. Also at that time we may invite them to try an alternative gymnastics discipline or program in the gym as we do believe that gymnastics is for all and we wish to keep everyone in the gym in some capacity.  We need to weigh Competitive Wants vs Recreational Needs.

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 Conduct:  We 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 know well in advance so that you can plan vacations/camps/etc.  Recently we have been taking the last two weeks of August off and will try to keep this schedule for 2014.

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.

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.  On these days 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.  We will be doing Progress reports with all tumblers and their families in December, March and May (just around the ReTryout time.

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.
Travel competitions:  It is possible that we may attend a competition outside of Ontario.  Any competitions that are not Gymnastics Ontario qualification competitions, Ontario Championships or Canadian Championships the costs for the coaches to attend will be cost shared over the athletes that attend the competition.  Registration fees for Ontario qualifiers are included in your OGC fees.  Registration fees for all other competitions will need to be paid at the time of the competition.

Competitive Wear:  We change our competitive singlet and shorts/leotard every two years.  More information will be coming very soon about this.   We do plan to get a new competitive leotard, singlet and shorts this 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.   

Sport Psych:  We have a new therapist working in the clinic who deals with Sport Psychology.  Her name is Sarah Dybka and was herself a power tumbler coached by Don and Niki.  She is available for one on one sessions and will be starting regular additional work with the OGC National tumbling group in order to give them the competitive psychological edge in the 2013/2014 season.

Car Pooling:  On the information sheet write CAR beside your name and I will add you to a car pool email that will go out. 

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.


Any questions can be directed to:

Don Holmes
Niki Lavoie
Amanda George

Daniela Petrova

Retro Summer Tumbling Invitational Schedule

Here is the competition schedule for the 
Retro Summer Invitational.

Please note the address:
Scarborough Gym Elites, 
510 Coronoation Drive #15/16 (front units), 
Scarborough, Ontario, 
M1E 4X6.
We hope to see everyone in their best over-the-top summer get ups and ready to cheer on the Oakville Gymnastics Tumblers competing in this final competition of the season.

Last year's best Retro Summer outfits.  Erm, this might be a bit much!

Monday, June 17, 2013

National Tumblers Schedule Change

Please note that the National Tumbling group will train this Sunday, June 23rd from 3:00 to 6:00pm.  Originally we had scheduled it as off due to the coaches being at the Scarborough Retro Summer Tumbling Invitational but we changed our minds as we feel the National tumblers going to Canada Cup need the practice.

As well, the National Tumblers who will attend Canada Cup should also attend the Thursday, June 27th training as the whole program will have Sunday, July 1st and Monday, July 2nd off.

Thanks for your cooperation and understanding.

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Ontario Championships 2013 OGC Tumbling Results

Rylee Davison and Elizabeth Karam capturing Gold and Bronze in Provincial Level 4 13&Under.

Stephanie Milligan took home the silver medal in the Provincial 4, 14&Over Girls group.

Stephanie Milligan took home silver at her last tumbling competition.  Stephanie is retiring at the end of this season.  We will all miss her.

Rylee and Elizabeth with medals in hand.  Both have qualified to move up to the National division for 2013/2014 Season.  Way to go girls.

Rylee Davison Ontario Tumbling Champion 2013, Provincial Level 4 girls 13&Under.

Keegan Merner getting ready to tumbling with the big guys in the Provincial 3 Boys group.

Mackenzie Senior settles for silver behind the little guy from Quinte Bay.  Mackenzie has also qualified to move to the National division for the 2013/2014 season.

Maxx Brunetta captures a Bronze medal in the Provincial 1 Boys group.

A surprise Gold medal was achieved by Nicole Nieweglowski in the provincial 2 15&Over girls tumbling category and Alyssa Belford took a 6th place finish.

Maxx showing off his Bronze medal at the 2013 Ontario Tumbling Championships.

Nicole and Alyssa showing off the hardware.  I Like GOLD!

Mackenzie Senior's silver medal is a major achievement for a 1st year tumbler.

Helen Dong grabbed a bronze medal in the Provincial 1 9&10 year old girls group with teammate Riley Galloway close behind her landing in 4th.

The Young Ones.  Alyssia Cordiero takes a Bronze medal as well.  These girls are all in the 9&10 years old categories. Alyssia in Provincial 2 and Riley and Helen in Provincial 1.

Alyssia Cordiero moves up in the final round to take the bronze medal in the Provincial 2 9&10 year old girls tumbling group.

Normal kids.

Not so normal kids.

Not kids.  Daniela Petrova and Niki Lavoie two of the OGC's top tumbling instructors looking proud .

Teanna Paris takes a silver medal in Provincial 2 11&12 year old girls tumbling with Melissa Kiley grabbing a 5th place.

Eryka Evans also take a silver in the Provincial 1 11&12 girls group with Kyra Mark capturing 4th and Sarah Moran taking 6th.

Living large, loving the medals and ribbons.

Congratulations to all of the OGC Tumblers who competed at the 2013 Ontario Championships.  

Great performances and representation by the Oakville Gymnastics Club tumblers.  

Here is the overall medal count:

To see the videos of the tumbling passes performed at the 2013 Ontario Championships for Trampoline & Tumbling follow the link to my Youtube Channel:

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Banquet Location

Please note that there will be NO Tumbling training on Thursday, June 13th due to the Year End Banquet.

The Oakville Gymnastics Club Year End Banquet will take place at the 
Oakville Conference Centre
 2515 Wyecroft Road
Oakville, ON
L6L 6P8.

Meet and Greet 5:30pm
Dinner 6:30pm
Awards around 8:00pm
Dancing until the sun comes up!