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.
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.
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
There are so many amazing forms of Gymnastics and we’re all familiar with the Artistic, Rythmic and Trampoline- but right now there is a huge event going on in Helsinki, Finland which deserves attention as well. Not a competition, it’s nonetheless an international event- it’s the World Gymnaestrada- the highlight of the Gymnastics For All discipline.
From World Gymnaestrada
Gymnastics for All activities contribute to personal health, fitness and well being – physical, social, intellectual and psychological. The focus of GfA is the F4 (Fun – Fitness – Fundamentals – Friendship) and can involve gymnastics with or without apparatus, gymnastics and dance. It offers aesthetic experiences in movement for participants and spectators while providing the opportunity to focus on items that are of particular interest in a national and cultural context.
Bowen Island Gymnastics qualified a team to this huge event and are performing this morning. Led by the creative and talented Cameron Stevenson, they performed their Western -themed routine for an appreciative audience at the Britannia Gymnastics Year-End show last month in Vancouver.
Gymspired Media was there to film the highlights of their routine, and presents you this video to coincide with their actual performance in Helsinki!
Capilano University in North Vancouver will play host to the 2015 BC Gymnastics Championships this weekend April 10th through 12th and Gymspired will be working with Gymnastics BC to cover the event. All levels of both MAG and WAG, from Compulsories to High Performance will be featured, giving BC’s athletes some much deserved recognition and attention. We will be tweeting, and posting to Instagram as well as filming as many routines as possible for highlight videos and individual routine videos.
Team BC at Canada Games
In the last month things have been very busy with the Canada Winter Games, the Canada Cup of Trampoline and Tumbling and the creation of Gymspired. After the Canada Games I realized that more Gymnastics/Trampoline coverage is wanted by so many people and so Gymspired Media Services was born.
Many competitions both big and small have so many great performances that never really get seen because the coverage is not there. Mainstream media will sometimes attend a meet to take photos or present highlights on TV, but there is always so much more to be seen and a whole world of online gymnastics fans who want to see what is going on. Gymspired can attend your competition, and from a unique vantage point on the floor, film routines, conduct interviews and promote via social media your competition the way you want it covered, getting it to those people who matter! Parents back home, friends and family, and even the athletes themselves want to see high quality coverage of the routines featured online.
I spent last weekend in Kamloops at the Trampoline Canada Cup. My coverage of the event can be found in this playlist. https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL6oPS_lBnafFoZ4YcEHOr7jk6u8YCUTVP
I captured 75% of routines/passes. Most of them in HD from a unique angle close up to the event. As this venture grows, coverage will only get better. This meet was covered for the website www.trampolinepundit.com It is hoped that very soon an artistic competition will be covered for a provincial organization. I’m so excited to see where this will lead!
Gymnastics is inherently inspiring. There are so many stories to tell about the hard work, the grace under pressure, that moment when an athlete has done the very best they can…
Then there’s the underdogs, the comebacks, overcoming obstacles; the stuff that sends a shiver down your spine. That’s what I love most about the sport so I decided to make a blog about it!
I’ll be posting new content, shared content and work I’ve done for other sources.
To start with, I’ll be profiling some young Canadian athletes who will be making their mark in Canadian sports at the Canada Winter Games coming to Prince George, British Columbia Feb. 13-26. Artistic Gymnastics has been in the games since 1967 and many notable Canadian gymnasts have competed including Olympians, Brittany Rogers, Kyle Shewfelt, Lise Leveille, Richard Ikeda, Alexander Jeltkov and Curtis Hibbert. Trampoline makes it’s debut at these 2015 Canada Games with two males and two females from each province competing. Perhaps some of them will be future Olympians
Do you have a Gymspiring story? Share it with me and I’ll feature it!