Thursday, 18 January 2018 06:15

Battle at the Bridge Gymnastics Invitational vaults into Lethbridge

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Girls part of the competitive West Wind Gymnastics Club are all smiles and ready to take the Battle at the Bridge Invitational by storm this week. Girls part of the competitive West Wind Gymnastics Club are all smiles and ready to take the Battle at the Bridge Invitational by storm this week.

The West Wind Gymnastics Club is summersaulting into action this January as they host the Battle at the Bridge Invitational.


The competition that will be hosting one-hundred and seventy-five competitors from both Alberta and British Columbia is being held from Jan. 19-21 as part of the competitive season to prepare athletes for the competitions ahead.
“Any club that wants to come to this invitational can, we use it as practice for more serious competitions,” says Executive Director of the West Wind Gymnastics Club, Diane Herrick.
“This competition is great practice for athletes to come and compete in front of judges and be scored, its also a good experience participating in events like these as you get to learn that there’s more to gymnastics than just the sport itself.”
“There’s life skills, you learn patience, rejection, praise and challenges, and you also have to learn how to follow instructions from your coach through these competitions.”
With the Battle at the Bridge invitational competition fast approaching, the West Wind Gymnastics Club are excited to be offering a slew of activities to compete in including bars, floor, beam and vault for girls and vault, floor, flexibility, pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and the high bar for boys, and are even more excited to have thirty-one of their local girls and twenty local boys competing in these events.
With three full days of competition ahead, the West Wind gymnastics club, which is celebrating its forty-first year, has its all its members excited to see their athletes from rural surroundings including Coaldale, Claresholm, Coalhurst and Nobleford coming out to be a part of the event.
“We have many people from Lethbridge surrounding areas being a part of the club,” says Herrick.
“In fact, we are the only gym in Lethbridge and its surrounding area that a have men’s competitive team, and we actually had two men go to Westerns which is quite a big deal.”
However, the Battle at the Bridge event isn’t just for the competitors, as it also boasts a weekend of fun for all those coming to watch by offering events such as a paper airplane throwing competition, a 50/50 draw, a used book sale, art gallery and sale, a silent auction and a legging and gymsuit sale as well.
With last year’s two-day competition seeing over seven-hundred family members and interested members of the public coming out be a part of the event, Herrick hopes that by extending the competition an extra day this year and having all the bonus events for the audience available, that this year will see an event better result and over one-thousand people coming out in total to this January's invitational.
“We also have judges coming from coming from Edmonton and Calgary as well as some local people too,” says Herrick.
“And, we are looking forward to handing out over 200 medals and 600 ribbons during the three days.”
With so much to look forward to the West Wind Gymnastics Club, are not only excited about this competition, but also all the members both competitive and recreational that make the Club what it is today.
With 40 girls and 22 boys as part of their competitive team and over four-hundred signed up for the upcoming ten-week recreational sessions, as well as drop in on Friday evenings which sees many users over the age of 16 coming in to the facility to practise on the equipment, the club is proud to be a part of the community and a place for many of all ages, skill levels and commitment to experience the thrilling sport that is gymnastics.
“West Wind would like to invite everyone out to see our facilities, what we have to offer and the competition, it’s fun and a great experience, it’s also great for people to see that everyone here works really hard and would appreciate the attendance and acknowledgment,” added Herrick.
The Battle at the Bridge competition runs from Jan. 19 on Friday night from 5-9 p.m., resuming on Saturday from 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. and finally ending on Sunday from at 5 p.m.
Tickets to attend the event are open to all members of the public, with an admission fee of $10 daily for adults, $6 for youth ages six-seventeen and under five is free.
More information on tickets, joining recreational activities or the West Wind Gymnastics Club in general can be found on their website at: http://www.westwindgym.com/

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