Best of The West Underway in Richmond

One of the largest gymnastics meets in British Columbia is happening this weekend at the Richmond Olympic Oval. Hosted by Delta Gymnastics Society and Gymnastics BC, the Best of the West Gymnastics Fest is essentially four events in one. The Western Canadian Championships feature provincial teams from BC, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Yukon and NWT.  The Delta Invitational  has been a long standing competition that attracts competitors from Interclub to JO 8. This year athletes from as far away as Ontario are attending.

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Sunday will feature the BC Gymnaestrada- a celebration of gymnastics as a performance and a life-sport. Performance teams from across  Canada are in attendance including The Dynamos of Edmonton, with an average age of  70!

The finale of the festival is the Cash and Carry Cup- a unique competition where athletes of different levels compete together and win prize money. Overall 1800 athletes will be performing at the Oval.

 

 

 

 

 

Competition began yesterday and continues throughout the weekend. Gymnaestrada is sold out but if you’re in the Vancouver area it’s going to be worth your while to come out and see a session or two and support gymnastics in BC!

Gymspired Media is providing continuing coverage on Instagram and Twitter and video will be available on YouTube after the conclusion of the competition.

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Pac Rims, BC Champs and Future Plans

Gymspired Media has had a busy month and momentum is building! As we prepare to offer videography sales at competitions let’s take a look back on the last month since Canada Cup.

April 8-10 we covered the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships in Everett WA. on behalf of Trampoline Pundit. Highlights of our coverage included a live-blog for finals and interviews with every trampoline medallist…

 

and even a few artistic gymnasts too…

The very next weekend we were in Langley BC doing social media, video and a summary article for Gymnastics BC

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For three straight days we provided non-stop coverage on Instagram and Facebook, highlighting the all-around winners and featuring quick video and photo updates. Many champions were interviewed about their competition experience and several hundred routines were recorded. Chosen clips will be featured in three highlight videos to be posted this week. One for each discipline- WAG, MAG and TG. A “teaser” highlight video was released during the competition.

 

 

Next month is gong to be even busier with coverage of Best of the West Gymnastics Fest  in Richmond BC,  USA Gymnastics Championships of Trampoline and Tumbling in Providence RI and USTA Nationals in Knoxville TN. And those are just the confirmed events- there may be more to come!

2016 Trampoline Canada Cup

Kamloops BC will once again play host to the country’s best athletes as Canada’s Olympic selection for trampoline begins. The Tournament Capital Centre has hosted this event for the past two years alongside a Trampoline Provincial Cup and WAG invitational.International guests Brazil, China and USA have sent athletes as well.

Olympians Karen Cockburn and Rosie MacLennan along with national team members Samantha Sendel and Samantha Smith will be fighting for Canada’s one Olympic spot. Jason Burnett and Keegan Soehn seem to be the frontrunners for a men’s spot, should it be earned at the Test Event in Rio in April.

With no world championships in the Olympic year, senior athletes in tumbling and double-mini are looking to make qualifying scores for the national team in the build-up to 2017 Worlds in Sofia, Bulgaria.

Double-mini team medallists from last year’s world championships in Denmark competing this weekend include Jon Schwaiger, Kyle Carragher and Douglas Armstrong as well as Tamara O’Brien, Arden Oh and Karine Dufour.

 

Notable international athletes include American national team members Austin Nacey,  Brandon Krzynefski and Paige Howard.

Four Chinese athletes from a club in Shanghai will be competing in trampoline, giving the Canadian audience a rare chance to see the deepest team in the world in action. Despite not being member’s of China’s world championship team, they are impressive in training with the perfect form we have come to expect from the Chinese.

In Age-group levels this competition serves as the first trial for the Indo Pacific Championships which will be held in Napier New Zealand in October

Competition is held along the British Columbia Provincial Cup, giving BC’s provincial athletes the chance to see their Olympic heroes in action.

Gymspired Media is partnering with Gymnastics BC to provide coverage of this prestigious event. Subcribe to Gymspired Media’s YouTube

Check out the playlist of last years event here.

Happy Canadian Gymnastics Week!

February 6-13 is Canadian Gymnastics Week, and it’s a busy week for Gymspired Media! Last weekend we covered the Aaron Johnson Memorial Cup- one of the British Columbia trampoline competitions for athletes to qualify for Western Canada Cup and Canadian Championships. This weekend we are covering our first ever rhythmic gymnastics competition, Elite Canada in Richmond.

Gymnastics Canada wants to know why you love gymnastics so we asked around at the AJM Cup. Athletes, coaches, parents and judges tell us why they love our sport. The answers vary but one thing is for sure.. gymnastics unites people of all ages and backgrounds in their love for the sport.

 

2016 Aaron Johnson Memorial Cup Underway

Competition is under way at the 2016 Aaron Johnson Memorial Cup in Burnaby, BC. Formerly the Shasta Invitational, it was renamed in honour of former Shasta coach Aaron Johnson who  passed away in 2012. Aaron’s contributions to the sport  are numerous and include competing at world championships, coaching many national team members, and founding the Vancouver Circus School with his son, Travis. This competition will also celebrate the 40 year anniversary of Shasta Trampoline Team, founded in 1975 by Val Johnson.

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The meet features 230 athletes from 14 teams including a Gymnastics Ontario’s Provincial Travel Team. Competition is held in levels 1- Senior over the 3 day event. Gymspired will be producing videos for Gymnastics BC

Results will be posted to Shasta Trampoline Blog

Here’s our compilation video from the 2015 Cup

2015 Top Ten!

 

Gymspired Media is counting down the top 10 of 2015 with video montages from meet coverage of the following meets:

Aaron Johnson Memorial Invitational
Canada Winter Games Artistic and Trampoline
Canada Cup and BC 2nd Trials
Gymnastics BC Artistic Championships
Trampoline Gymnastics BC Championships
Trampoline Western Canada Cup
Canadian Trampoline Championships

There were so many great routines, memorable moments and inspiring athletes that choosing just ten will be difficult…

The top 10 will include previously unreleased footage and will feature all disciplines- trampoline, women’s artistic and men’s artistic as well as all levels- from Olympians to aspiring Olympians to the very beginners.

Check out the Top 10 Playlist which will be updated until New Years Day!

Merry Christmas, and Happy Holidays to you all!

 

2015 Canadian Trampoline Championships

Competition gets underway today at the Genesis Centre in Calgary Alberta, and Gymspired’s coverage will begin tomorrow afternoon with a focus on the final including Monday’s exciting Team Finals.

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Fresh off Pan Am success, Keegan Soehn, Karen Cockburn and Jason Burnett will be at the championships, while Rosie MacLennan will take a well deserved break before November’s world championships.

Over 275 athletes from seven provinces will vye for titles of national champion in levels 5-Novice to Senior. Joining then in the competition are nine international guests from Japan, UK, USA, Britain and Uzbekistan.

It’s going to be a an exciting competition as we get closer to November’s Olympic qualification and Gymspired is going to bring you as much of the action as possible.
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