Fitness Wheel – Special Needs Gymnastics

Soft. Safe. Round.

The unique inflatable Fitness Wheel is ideal for those with special needs. ALL CHILDREN are special. It’s great for everyone. :-)

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Tumbl Trak posted a series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.

(via Rec Gymnastics)

World Snowboard Federation rookies

107 of the best young riders from all over the world met in Austria for the 2015 Völkl World Rookie Finals. And SAFETY instruction.

Male Rookie Mons Røisland from Norway is taking home the title as WSF World Rookie Champion 2015 and a wild card for the Air & Style. …

Click PLAY or watch highlights on YouTube. (

Hailey Strole returns from brain tumour

16 year old Hailey Strole has overcome all odds. After being diagnosed with a brain tumor and undergoing multiple operations, she has returned to gymnastics and is committed to continuing her dream of competing. Her life is far from what many would consider normal, but Hailey’s positive outlook has gotten her through the darkest of times. Watch her inspiring story now.

Donate to the Texas Children’s Hospital.

This is the first Gymnastike post I’ve linked to in a long, long time. The boycott continues. But I made an exception for Hailey. She’s worth it. :-)

Thanks Jason.

Special Needs Gymnastics

Here’s the sequel to the 2014 Grow through Movement – Special Needs VIDEO, one of my favourite edits yet from Tumbl Trak.

Tumbl Trak is proud to introduce our latest work in Special Needs Movement. In collaboration with Occupational Therapists, teachers, parents and students we are learning more every day about the incredible benefits Tumbl Trak equipment offers students with special needs.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

Tumbl Trak just posted a series of videos on Special Needs Gymnastics. Browse the Grow Through Movement playlist.

Thanks to Rec specialist Carrie Lennox for the links.

Kyla Ross flies off Floor

I would normally not link to nonsense like this, but apparently Kyla herself was sharing it. She’s got a good sense of humour. :-)

See it on tumblr.

On GymCastic episode 143: The Return of Gabby Douglas, Mary-Anne “Mez” Monckton speaks about the Janssen-Fritsen Floor. Very springy, the J&F at Jesolo tends to launch you if you don’t absorb the landing well.

Josh Dixon on the new Indiana law

Openly gay U.S. gymnast Josh Dixon is slated to compete in Indianapolis later this summer at the P&G Gymnastics Championships. Outsports caught up with Dixon and asked him about the new anti-LGBT law in Indiana and how that might affect him as an out gay competitor:

Josh“Personally, I can only speak in a positive light when it comes to USA Gymnastics and creating an open and inclusive space for everybody. It will be interesting to see what comes of this given that their NGB headquarters is in Indy as well as our premiere competition this summer. From the lens of going there as a top-level gymnast for a high-stakes competition, the added stress of establishments being able to discriminate against me because of who I am – well it disgusts me. …

Hopefully USA Gymnastics will do the right thing and move the P&G Championships to a state that has not legalized discrimination against anyone based on their race, gender, religion, sexual orientation or gender identity.

Out Sports

When Indiana’s Republican Gov. Mike Pence signed a bill into law allowing the state’s businesses to refuse to serve same-sex couples on religious grounds, he knew the move was a controversial one.

Even so, he probably didn’t anticipate the level of vitriol that it would spark, much of it directed at him personally. …

NPR – Indiana’s ‘Religious Freedom’ Bill Sparks Firestorm Of Controversy

related – 19 states that have ‘religious freedom’ laws like Indiana’s that no one is boycotting.

homophobic States

One by one these States will eventually rescind those laws. Which will be the very last do you think?

should the NCAA boycott Indiana?

On USA Today, Nancy Armour proposes the NCAA boycott the State of Indiana:

The NCAA should be applauded for swiftly and strongly expressing its disapproval of Indiana’s new law that cloaks discrimination in “religious freedom.”…

“The NCAA national office and our members are deeply committed to providing an inclusive environment for all our events,” NCAA president Mark Emmert said in a statement shortly after Pence signed the law Thursday.

“We are especially concerned about how this legislation could affect our student-athletes and employees.” …

NCAA’s next moves should be out of Indiana

That’s in reaction to dinosaur Governor Mike Pence signing the so-called “Religious Freedom” bill into law Thursday.

… Indiana protecting discrimination, effectively allowing businesses to deny service to gays and lesbians based on religious beliefs …

The 2015 P&G Gymnastics Championships are scheduled for Aug. 13-16 in Indianapolis, Indiana. USAG’s offices are in Indianapolis.

I trust Steve Penney will quickly make a statement. Where does the U.S. Gymnastics Federation stand vis-a-vis the new Indiana State law?

Update from Steve Penney:

“USA Gymnastics provides the opportunity to participate in gymnastics to all athletes, regardless of an individual’s religious, ethnic or cultural background, or sexual orientation. One of USA Gymnastics’ hallmarks is its inclusion and diversity. We do not accept any form of discrimination toward our community or attendees at our events, and we are concerned about the possible impact of this law. We will work closely with the Indiana Sports Corp. and the mayor to better understand how this development might be contrary to hosting successful events that are open and welcoming to everyone.”

related – No, IKEA Is Not Selling A Rainbow Pillowcase Called “PUTIN”


But they should. :-)