fundraising for a Gymnastics Floor

Swakopmund Gymnastics Club in Namibia has a terrific new facility.

Swakopmund

Aside from that … Floor.

Most of the club’s training equipment and apparatus are in very good condition with the exception of the floor. The current floor’s support structure is worn out and needs to be replaced (the current floor is also much smaller than the competition sized floor required for effective training and coaching).

Apart from being able to offer better training to our gymnasts a new floor would also make it possible for the club to host competitions. A new floor is expensive and in order to raise the amount of money required we launched a “Square by Square” campaign. This campaign makes it possible to recognize every contribution, no matter how small and works as follows: The new floor has a surface area of 196 square meters and costs N$350 000, translating to a cost of roughly N$1800 per square meter. Businesses and individuals now have the opportunity to “buy” a section of the floor. One square meter can be bought for N$1800 while a quarter of a square can be purchased for N$450 allowing for contributions of all “sizes”. …

Square by Square project

Great idea. :-)

The OLD gym required kids to train Tsuk and Yurchenko running on rubber mats from the parking lot.

vault runway

Olympic Champion – Why sports are important

Rosannagh “Rosie” MacLennan (age 26) is the defending Olympic Trampoline Champion from London.

She’s a national hero in Canada. And an Ambassador for the Jump Start Charity. It’s supported nearly a million kids doing sport.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

(via 24 SEVEN)

on success …

See it on instagram.

Chowing down

When in Italy, eat PIZZA.

See it on asacsdoublearabian.tumblr.

Chow pizza

Doha day 2 Apparatus Finals

Vault
1- DAVTYAN Artur ARM 15.025 pts
2- HYPOLITO Diego BRA 14.662 pts
3- KARDASOVS Vitalijs LAT 14.312 pts

P Bars
1- STEPKO Oleg AZE 15.750 pts
2- CALVO Jossimar COL 15.725 pts
3- MUNTEAN Andrei ROU 15.550 pts

H Bar
1- CORDOBA Nicolas ARG 15.250 pts
2- TAKEDA Kazuyuki JPN 14.900 pts
3- LEYVA Danell USA 13.975 pts

Beam
1- PHAN Thi Ha Thanh VIE 14.250 pts
2- STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI 14.125 pts
3- BULIMAR Diana ROU 14.025 pts

Everyone is thrilled for Phan. She’ll be even more of a National hero now. :-)

Click PLAY or watch her Beam Final on YouTube.

In 2011 she became the first gymnast to win a world medal for Vietnam, Bronze on Vault 2011 Worlds Tokyo.

Floor
1- STEINGRUBER Giulia SUI 14.550 pts
2- JURCA Laura ROU 13.800 pts
3- KAESLIN Ilaria SUI 13.750 pts

Apparatus Finals Day 2

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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”

fakepicputin

But they should. :-)

Catherine Lyons wins British Jr AA

55.60. CONGRATS to Catherine and Coach Rochelle Douglas from Europa.

Click PLAY or watch her AA FX on YouTube. Very pretty.

results on twitter

Update – Couch Gymnast posted a wrap-up – British Champs: Junior All Around