We believe that gymnastics should be a positive experience in children’s lives and that through it, they may get to know more about themselves, about life in general and about the challenges that come with it.
We believe that each gymnast is ultimately responsible for her success, involvement and progress in gymnastics.
We believe in assisting each gymnast to reach her maximum potential, recognizing that only a selected few will ultimately have the capability to achieve the highest competitive levels.
We believe that long-term emotional and physical development of a gymnast should not be jeopardized for short-term gain.
Our Coaching Team is composed of FULL-TIME CAREER COACHES. Our Developmental & Competitive Programs only have 50 spots available for the year 2017-2018 !
This policy applies ONLY to the Developmental (L.E.A.P.) and Competitive programs. It does not apply to the SuperGirls Program or to any of our recreational programs.
DEVELOPMENTAL: Parent Viewing is allowed on the first 10 days of each month and not allowed on the others.
COMPETITIVE: Parent Viewing is allowed on the first 7 days of each month and not allowed on the others.
We believe that long-term emotional and physical development of a gymnast should not be jeopardized for short-term gain.
Athletes involved in the competitive program at the JO 6 levels and up may train twice/day (7:00 am to 9:00 am & 2:00 or 2:30 PM start to 6:00 or 6:30 PM).
For split training, parents must make the necessary arrangements with their child’s school and with their child’s teacher(s). Our vast experience with this has clearly demonstrated that when all the adults that surround the student-athlete work together, the student-athlete succeeds in both her academic and athletic pursuits.
Let your children know that win or lose, you love them unconditionally ! You are proud of their efforts and are not disappointed with them. You are the people in their lives who always give positive reinforcement. Show them you are pleased that they chose to play sports and accept all the challenges that come with trying to better themselves in training and at meets.
Let them know that you understand how hard it is to constantly put themselves on the line in front of peers and spectators.
Be completely honest about your child’s athletic ability, attitude, and sportsmanship.
Remember that you don’t know what happens in practice; you can’t second-guess the coach’s decisions, because you don’t have all the information. Let your children live their own lives. Try not to relive your athletic life through your children. You had your time, now it is their turn. Don’t pressure them to shine for your own ego. Remember, you made mistakes too! Coach the attitude, but don’t coach the skills. Leave that to the coach. Refrain from the inclination to try to make your child just a little better by giving them tips on the way home from practice, or at dinner, or when they are trying to go to sleep.
Don’t compete with the coach. You each have different roles to play in your child’s involvement; leave them theirs and work on your own.
Remember the saying: “It takes a village to raise a child.” Be glad that you have an excellent adult role model contributing to the upbringing of your child. But remember that they are human too; they will make mistakes.
Never compare the skill, athletic ability or attitudes of your child with other members of the team.
Celebrate your child’s special attributes.
Know your child’s coach. Because of the special circumstances of a coach-player relationship, the coach has a tremendous potential to influence your child. Be aware of the program and of the coach’s philosophy, attitudes, ethics, and knowledge. Always remember that children tend to exaggerate both when praised or when criticized. Allow them time to cool off. Chances are that tomorrow they will have more appropriately evaluated the situation, while you may be just beginning to investigate what may have happened. If the situation warrants following through, investigate quietly instead of overreacting.
Make a point of understanding courage and the fact that it is relative. Some are terrified of talking in public, whereas others are not. Some are afraid of a mouse but not of a bull. Everyone is frightened in certain circumstances. Explain that courage is not the absence of fear, but a means of doing something in spite of fear or discomfort.
Be proud that your child has chosen to participate rather than spectate; to do and not only dream; to risk stumbling and rise to try again. Be supportive and encouraging; congratulate them when they succeed on their own.
Parents who follow this mantra will consider it high praise indeed when, later in life, their children will say, “My parents were always there for me, and were my best support. I couldn’t have done it without them. I want to be just like them.”
Champions Gymnastics sells recreational & competitive grips! Please contact the business office for pricing & information. 780-440-0014
Grips are not for every gymnast. It takes time to get used to grips and gymnasts typically have to somewhat re-learn some of their skills once they have their new grips on.
The transition to grips is done very progressively and takes a different amount of time for each gymnast.
Each TEAM 7+ gymnast MUST have two (2) pairs of grips “broken in” AT ANY TIME, available to be worn at training in her grip bag. This means that she must actually own three (3) pairs once she has been given the green light by the coach. Once she receives her grips, she must bring them to the coach for some small necessary adjustments. Wrap the grips around a broom handle overnight with tight elastics and let them take somewhat of a curved shape (hand-in of course). DO NOT EVER OIL GRIPS. If you have bought the velcro-type grips, your child will also need large elastics to keep the velcro from coming undone over time (that is one of the reasons why buckle-type grips are better).
Each gymnast should also carry a small PLASTIC/AIR-TIGHT container of liquid honey (itself in a ziploc bag) in her grip bag if she so wishes to dab her grips with honey. This is certainly not mandatory but has proven to help some gymnasts.
ALL GYMNASTS MUST HAVE PERMISSION FROM THEIR COACH TO WEAR GRIPS.
(Non-profit organization, separate than Champions Gymnastics Inc)
The CGPA members work together in a social environment in an effort to make the experience of gymnastics both enjoyable and affordable for participating families! The CGPA strives to develop new and innovative ways to support your daughter. We welcome new members and ideas throughout the year!
Membership in the CGPA and participation in events is completely voluntary. Families can choose to join anytime throughout the year and can participate in any or all events by completing the form along with the required $30 annual fee (cheque made out to CGPA) and place it in the CGPA mailbox.
We appreciate all the support we have received from the patrons of Champions Gymnastics Inc. thus far, and look forward to continued support throughout the year!
For information on our association membership, fundraisers or upcoming events, please contact:
Ronnie Tallman – President 780.446.5568
Tara Valpy – Vice President 780.720.1400
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At CHAMPIONS GYMNASTICS, there is NO COMPULSORY FUNDRAISING!
“Success is measured not so much by the position that one reaches in life, but by the obstacles that have been overcome while trying to succeed.”
“We would like to thank you for the wonderful impact you have had on our daughter’s life. Above all, you believed in her and we believe she will go on to achieve great things in life because of character formed and lessons learned through your coaching in gymnastics. Our family believes in what you stand for and will always be grateful that our paths have crossed. All the best and God bless.”
• Peter & Haley Mrazik
“WOW ! You both have gone the extra mile for the girls and coaches !!! This sounds like such an exciting camp and it will be so good for Laura-Ann. I can’t thank you enough for your moral and emotional support of LA over the years and I just want to let you know that both Keith and I are counting our blessings that LA has people like yourselves to help her on her journey. No matter what, we know that we have done all that we can to support her. Thanks so much and I’m sure that when LA reads the plan for the 4 days, she will be very happy. I believe that you and Valerie always have had the interests of the kids at heart.”
• Karen Chong
“Thank you for opening your gym & your hearts to Laura-Ann & Kristen. They have learned from you and have enjoyed the experience. It is friends like you who have helped to provide support & encouragement to Laura-Ann. I know that she will take with her the lesssons she has learned with you in her future challenges. All the best to you and your gymnasts.”
“Thank you for everything ! Thank you for training me like one of your own gymnasts and for being so kind to me. These past three weeks have made a world of difference. I hope you enjoyed the last three weeks as I have and I wish you the best of wishes for the future. Hope to see you soon.”
• Tiffany Tomra (Prince-George Gymnastics Club)
“We would just like to say Thank You for allowing Marina to come and train at your club for a couple of days this summer, she enjoyed herself immensely and found everyone, including staff and athletes to be very inviting and helpful. She was made to feel very much at home.
She would love the opportunity to join you again next summer should the opportunity arise. We would most definitely recommend your club to anyone interested in trying some place new.
Thanks again for your hospitality.”
• Marina, Michelle & Mark Parish
“Just a quick note to say ‘Thank you’. Miranda had more fun than she imagined she would. Being in an atmosphere with so many athletes who feel as she does about the sport of gymnastics has not only renewed her energy but has added a deep determination to reach her ultimate goal. The time she spent with Kate and the other girls is precious to her and will always be remembered. I thank both you and Valerie for giving Miranda the opportunity to see high performance athletes up close.
Please continue doing what you are doing as it is advantageous to all young gymnasts who have dreams and goals. Miranda looks up to both of you and your support of her has helped her in more ways than I can explain. again, I say ‘Thank you’.”
• Jodi Jang-Meyer
To the ALBERTA GYMNASTICS FEDERATION
“”I just wanted to drop you a quick note to tell you about a great event I attended this past weekend in Edmonton and to congratulate the hosts on a job well done. Michel Arsenault and wife Valerie Oudin held a coach/athlete clinic for Kate Richardson (Abbotsford Twisters). It was a privilege to attend this event and participate over the four days. Two Ontario clubs (Ottawa Gym Club [Heather Purnell and Melanie Banville] & ASF [Marci Bernholtz]) took advantage of this opportunity to train together with Kate Richardson and Laura-Ann Chong in preparation for the 2nd Olympic Trials.
What a great atmosphere to train in and to learn in. The girls were provided with expert technical help (David Kenwright, Michel and Valerie) and more often than not we came together as a group to help solve the various problems facing each of the athletes.
I strongly urge your P.O., G.C.G., and the rest of the P.O.’s to look at this type of event and support it in the future. It does not have to necessarily be a high performance clinic as the point of the clinic is to share and learn and help and solve and participate.
Valerie and Michel were incredible hosts. They were so accommodating and nothing was too much. My appreciation and sincere congratulations goes out to them and their organization, CHAMPIONS GYMNASTICS, for running such a successful event.”
• Tobie E. Gorman
Head Coach Ottawa Gym Club & 2004 Canadian Olympic Team Coach, Athens
“Michel, I have to emphasize the effect you’ve had on my coaching. I’ve benefited immensely from working with you, and I greatly look forward to continued contact to further my own coaching knowledge. I consider myself an apprentice in many regards and consider myself fortunate to have mentors such as yourself that exemplify what pursuing this art form is all about.”
• Mark Friesen (Prince-George Gymnastics Club, PG, BC)
From the ALBERTA GYMNASTICS FEDERATION
As part of its application to be named a G.C.G. Club of Excellence, the Provincial Gymnastics Federation is required to write a letter in support of the applicant. This is a copy of the letter sent by the Alberta Gymnastics Federation to Gymnastics Canada.