When I was a young coach in the 1970s, Boris Verkhovsky happened to immigrate to my city. In fact, his family moved in just a few blocks from my house in Calgary.
Introduced by a Tumbling Master of Sport from the Soviet Union, it wasn’t long before Power Tumbling was an important part of the Gymnastics scene in Alberta.
Boris organized us to construct the first “ski” floors. Springy, but incredibly narrow.
I love Trampoline and Tumbling, especially Power Tumbling. It’s an ideal compliment to an Artistic Gymnastics Club.
Here’s a runway extension we added to our tumbling trampoline a few years ago.
The sport has changed a lot since I was a trampolinist.
In 2013 I’m seeing a trend to grow the sport.
The 3rd Kalon Ludvigson Invitational is already an International Event with 37 teams from 8 states and 5 nations.
USA Gymnastics Trampoline and Tumbling will identify 10 gymnastics clubs in 2013-14 to participate in the pilot program as Trampoline Development Centers …
Here are some examples of the support that USA Gym TDCs will receive:
Three onsite comprehensive visits by TDC Coordinator Joy Umenhofer over a three-month period
Clinics to educate club staff on scheduling
Coaching and teaching trampoline
Basic skills, conditioning and flexibility
Available talent identification development programs
Interactive coach and athlete training sessions
Operational guidelines and curriculum support
Trampoline will make its debut appearance at the 2015 Canada Winter Games in Prince George BC in February 2015. As part of the lead up to the Games, funding has been provided by the Alberta Sport, Recreation, Parks and Wildlife Foundation to help develop the athletes and coaches in the next two years.
The first event is being hosted by the Grande Prairie Gymniks … Long time Provincial and National Team coach, Brett MacAulay, will be travelling up to Grande Prairie for a Coaches Clinic to 10 local coaches, introducing them to the sport of competitive trampoline.
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