To the casual spectator, the sport of gymnastics might seem elegant and simple but this surface beauty and simplicity can be deceptive. As an observer, you really need to understand the physical challenges and technical details to appreciate the artistic beauty and physical power of gymnastics.
Years of training, conditioning and practice go into each and every performance. Each athlete has her own arduous story about her personal journey and individual accomplishments. She has likely had to sacrifice many tangible and intangible things. Gymnastics isn’t necessarily about winning or losing competitions…it is about the feeling of flying through the air, sticking a perfect landing and the excitement of learning a new skill. For many gymnasts, they love gymnastics for the person it helped them become.
The competitive program at Capital City is comprised of L.E.A.P., Provincial, and National Levels. This program is designed for those gymnasts who have demonstrated exceptional talent in gymnastics as well as other qualities, which may include: age, ability, body type, determination, flexibility, and competitive drive.
Gymnasts are identified from the recreational program by the Women’s Competitive Program Coordinator, Kristi Cloman.
The L.E.A.P. program is for gymnasts aged 6 – 9. It is a developmental program, which focuses on physical ability and skill preparation. L.E.A.P. (Lets Evaluate our Athletes Progress) is a province wide program governed by the Alberta Gymnastics Federation and designed to measure the progress of young gymnasts.
The provincial program is designed for gymnasts’ aged 9 and up who demonstrate above average ability for the sport of gymnastics. These athletes will train a minimum of twelve hours per week. They will compete at invitational competitions as well as trials for a spot to represent their club at the Provincial Championships.
The national stream program is for gymnasts’ aged 9 and up who demonstrate exceptional ability for the sport of gymnastics. These athletes will train a minimum of twenty hours per week. They will compete at invitational as well as trails for a spot to represent Alberta at Western Canadian Championships and National Championships.