Civic centre to host Prince Rupert gymnastics group

The Prince Rupert Gymnastics (PRG) Association has found their two new board members, as well as their initial location.

The Prince Rupert Gymnastics (PRG) Association has found their two new board members, as well as their initial location.

The Jim Ciccone Civic Centre has been chosen as the start-up spot for the organization and with their five-member board — consisting of Will Spat, Kate Toye, Jackie Touchet and new members Aurora Martin and Ralph Weick — the group is ready to apply for official provincial status as a not-for-profit association with the Canada Revenue Agency. With the designation, PRG can start fundraising for operational costs in order to get the sessions underway.

The next hurdle for the organization is finding paid coaches who can dedicate a good portion of their time to regularly-scheduled practice times.

CANGYM is the national gymnastics agency which oversees the ranking system for badges earned by participating athletes, and PRG plans to use its systems.

“Utilizing the CANGYM badge program allows participants, coaches and parents to monitor progress in addition to being a motivational tool for athletes,” reads the website description.

A couple obstacles the association must address while hosting the club at the recreation centre is the issue of equipment set-up and take-down. As outlined in the newsletter sent to interested gymnastics participants, Spat describes the procedures that need to be completed while sharing a floor that also gets used for basketball, badminton, floor hockey and other activities.

“We are working with the rec centre to schedule in such a way that set up and tear down is minimized,” said Spat in the notice.

A high ceiling, proper ventilation and knowledgeable staff contributed to the club’s decision to hold their inaugural sessions at the civic centre.

Originally, the organization was having difficulty finding a location that met the requirements of ceiling height, with proper bus route accessibility and building rental affordability.

PRG also hopes to introduce KinderGym as a program for tots younger than five years-old looking to get involved with gymnastics at a young age.

Gymnastics has been an area sorely lacking in the city’s recreational offerings and Spat and the board of directors hope to address the need as soon as they can.

Those interested in getting involved with PRG can email portgym@gmail.com to volunteer or reserve a spot with the organization.

Just Posted

Christians unite for one service in Rupert

Father Terry Brock is hoping to unite all of Prince Rupert’s Christians under one roof for one night

VIDEO: New whale rescue equipment comes to Rupert

Fisheries officers took to the water to practice saving stranded whales

Streeter: Do you think it’s important that the government holds discussions about poverty with the public?

Prince Rupert hosted the first public discussion on poverty by the province in 2018

Rupert recreation parking rent fees set to decrease in 2018

Proposed changes will make it easier for vendors and renters to use recreation facilities

Sports briefs

Here’s what going on in Prince Rupert sports this weekend

This Week Episode 68

From inside the Northern View office in Prince Rupert we bring you all the news headlines

Carriers wanted for the Northern View

We have open routes for carriers all over Prince Rupert

B.C. woman who forged husband’s will gets house arrest

Princeton Judge says Odelle Simmons did not benefit from her crime

Women’s movement has come a long way since march on Washington: Activists

Vancouver one of several cities hosting event on anniversary of historic Women’s March on Washington

Liberals’ 2-year infrastructure plan set to take 5: documents

Government says 793 projects totalling $1.8 billion in federal funds have been granted extensions

Workers shouldn’t be used as ‘pawns’ in minimum wage fight: Wynne

Comments from Kathleen Wynne after demonstrators rallied outside Tim Hortons locations across Canada

John ‘Chick’ Webster, believed to be oldest living former NHL player, dies

Webster died Thursday at his home in Mattawa, Ont., where he had resided since 1969

World’s fastest log car made in B.C. sells for $350,000 US

Cedar Rocket auctioned off three times at Barrett-Jackson Co., netting $350,000 US for veterans

Bad timing: Shutdown spoils Trump’s one-year festivities

Trump spends day trying to hash out a deal with Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer

Most Read