Members of the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre pose for a photo. The Lion’s Pride Gymnastics Academy will be hosting the annual B.C. Gymnaestrada in Langford in 2019. (Gymnastics B.C. photo)

Lion’s Pride Gymnastics Academy to host 2019 B.C. Gymnaestrada

Event expected to draw hundreds of people to the region

When Jackie Wiebe decided to submit a bid for the Lion’s Pride Gymnastics Academy in Langford to host the 2019 B.C. Gymnaestrada, she had a feeling they would be selected.

Greater Victoria’s beautiful scenery was the perfect place to grow the audience of the sport. So when she received news the academy had been selected to co-host and organize the event alongside Gymnastics B.C., Wiebe was all smiles.

“It was pretty exciting. It will be nice to host such a large group of athletes from around B.C. and bring our community together and showcase what gymnastics is all about,” said Wiebe, owner and head coach of Lion’s Pride, noting this is the first year the academy has put together a gymnaestrada team with the help of head coach Sabrina Schilling.

“It’s not just about competitive gymnastics, gymnastics is for everyone … By that exposure it will interest other facilities to also participate and put together a Gymnaestrada team.”

Gymnaestrada (not to be confused with gymnastics) is the celebration of movement and physical activity in a non-competitive environment and allows participation for everyone, regardless of age, gender or ability.

As part of the 2019 Gymnaestrada, which is the largest recreational gymnastics event in B.C., anywhere from 22 to 30 clubs from around the province (and occasionally clubs from Alberta and Nunavut) will perform in Langford.

Keara Urquhart, Gymnastics Manager for All with Gymnastics B.C., said the organization received “several” bids to host the event. However, Lion’s Pride stood out for the 2019 campaign.

“We know Lion’s Pride has a good history of hosting great events and I don’t think they’ve had the opportunity yet to take on Gymnaestrada. We thought it would be a really great project,” said Urquhart, adding this is the first time it will be held in the West Shore and is expected to draw anywhere from 450 to 600 people for each of the two shows.

“There will be clubs, groups, parents and spectators travelling up to the Island, so you’re looking at local businesses, hotels and restaurants getting more volume around that time.”

This isn’t the first time the annual event has come to the Island. In 2013, it was hosted in Nanaimo. The 2019 B.C. Gymnaestrada will take place in May 2019 in Langford.


Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

kendra.wong@goldstreamgazette.com

Langford

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Central Saanich needs at least more than 500 additional daycare spaces

Report before Central Saanich says region faces a ‘chronic shortage’ of daycare spaces

Saanich offers free saplings to encourage residents to spruce up for National Tree Day

Giveaway to take place Sept. 21 in Glanford Park from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sooke RCMP searching for two people, reported missing on Sept. 10

Alannah Brooke Logan, 20, and Beau Richard Santuccione, 32, last seen on Otter Point Road

Victoria man plans 30-hour walk to raise funds for vulnerable youth

Take a Hike engages youth in intensive, clinical counselling and outdoor experiential learning

Opponent of proposed Sidney cannabis store calls on councillors to heed health authority advice

Council to consider revised application from Happy Buddha Cannabis on Sept. 28

3 new deaths due to COVID-19 in B.C., 139 new cases

B.C. confirms 40 ‘historic cases,’ as well

POLL: Do you plan on allowing your children to go trick or treating this year?

This popular annual social time will look quite different this year due to COVID-19

Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg dies at 87

The court’s second female justice, died Friday at her home in Washington

Comox Valley protesters send message over old-growth logging

Event in downtown Courtenay was part of wider event on Friday

Application deadline for fish harvester benefits program extended

Those financially impacted by the pandemic have until Oct. 5 to apply

VIDEO: B.C. to launch mouth-rinse COVID-19 test for kids

Test involves swishing and gargling saline in mouth and no deep-nasal swab

Young Canadians have curtailed vaping during pandemic, survey finds

The survey funded by Heart & Stroke also found the decrease in vaping frequency is most notable in British Columbia and Ontario

B.C. teachers file Labour Relations Board application over COVID-19 classroom concerns

The application comes as B.C.’s second week of the new school year comes to a close

Man sentenced to 7 years for gas-and-dash death of Alberta gas station owner

Ki Yun Jo was killed after Mitchell Sydlowski sped off in a stolen cube van without paying for $198 of fuel

Most Read