Gymtastiks hosting provincials

Katie Brickman
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The local Gymtastiks club is hosting the two-day Saskatchewan provincial tournament this weekend.

The local Gymtastiks club is hosting the two-day Saskatchewan provincial tournament this weekend.

The men’s artistic, women’s artistic, tumbling and trampoline event will have 14 clubs and over 220 athletes competing from around the province at the Hillcrest Sports Centre.

“This is for our artistic athletes and it is the biggest meet of the year for them,” said Jamie Olmstead, coach. “This is also the first meet of the year that has more than two disciplines working together.”

The local club put in a bid with Gymnastics Saskatchewan and was awarded with the event for the first time since the mid-2000s.

“There is a lot of work put in and a lot of volunteers that put in a lot of hours to prepare for this,” said Jody Maruska, board member.

Gymtastiks recently moved into the larger area of the Hillcrest Sports Centre and have the whole lower part of the building accessible to them for gymnastics. That was one reason why the wanted to build on provincials.

“We actually have the room to do it,” said Maruska.

This will be a judged event, like other competitions the athletes go to throughout the year. All the athletes had to qualify for this event by meeting a specific score in at least two meets this season.

“They all have different requirements for each discipline. The women have a score they need to meet and the men in trampoline just have to attend different competitions,” said Olmstead. “It is different per level, so it gets higher as the level gets higher as we expect them to be getting better.”

There will be provincial level athletes all the way up to national level athletes competing this weekend. The athletes must be at least nine years old to compete and the oldest athlete coming is 24-years-old.

From the local club, nine athletes will be trying for a provincial medal and this is the competition they have been training for all year.

“We have lowered our reps and conditioning and upped our routines. As of right now, our gym is torn apart, so they have very few apparatus to work with,” said Olmstead. “We have been working on peaking for this competition.”

The meet runs from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. on Saturday with opening ceremonies taking placing at 9 a.m. All the athletes will be recognized and the national level athletes will compete.

The tournament continues on Sunday from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

“We hope that all the athletes have a good time,” said Maruska. “We hope we put on a good provincial meet for everybody and everything goes smoothly.”

Organizations: Hillcrest Sports Centre

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