Spac­ing out

Re­lo­ca­tion of Airi­als Gym­nas­tics to larger space re­duces frus­tra­tions, but more room still needed

The Beacon (Gander) - - Front page - BY CLARENCE NGOH clarence.ngoh@gan­der­bea­

Re­lo­ca­tion of Airi­als Gym­nas­tics to larger space re­duces frus­tra­tions, but more room still needed

A larger space for Gan­der’s Airi­als Gym­nas­tics Club is a wel­come change for stu­dents and coaches.

The new fa­cil­ity is now housed in the Goodyear build­ing in the town cen­tre. A gen­er­ous amount of floor space has brought many ben­e­fits to mem­bers.

“A full-floor, 40 by 40 in size, is a big deal and a pos­i­tive ad­di­tion,” said head coach Sharon Garneau.

She said the ex­panded floor space al­lows gym­nasts to prac­tice full rou­tines, a lux­ury not avail­able at the pre­vi­ous lo­ca­tion.

In­stal­la­tion of a full-vault run­way is an­other im­prove­ment, al­low­ing ath­letes ad­di­tional dis­tance to reach full mo­men­tum and bet­ter pre­pare them for com­pe­ti­tion.

With ad­di­tional floor space, less time is spent set­ting up and tear­ing down equip­ment dur­ing train­ing ses­sions, and more time is con­cen­trated on coach­ing.

“We did not have the space for the beam (at the old lo­ca­tion), so it was ei­ther beam or vault. We get more time do­ing gym­nas­tics, and less lin­ing up,” said Gareau. While mov­ing to this rental lo­ca­tion has al­le­vi­ated frus­tra­tions and pro­vided bet­ter op­por­tu­ni­ties to the mem­bers, the phys­i­cal lay­out still re­stricts some train­ing ses­sions.

Some of the higher skills can’t be prac­ticed for safety rea­sons, ac­cord­ing to Gareau.

“We need high-level foam kits

and they need to be at least six feet deep, and the ceil­ing is a bit too low. The older girls can’t train at the beam – they need the height to (do that).”

The com­pet­i­tive gym­nasts of­ten travel to St. John’s to prac­tice more ad­vanced rou­tines. Gareau said there is an open in­vi­ta­tion from the St. John’s club to train there any­time.

“We are still look­ing for a fa­cil­ity, and we’ll see how it pans out,” said Gareau, “but right now, it’s fine.”


Clare O’Brien uses the tram­po­line to prac­tice some rou­tines, while her friends wait for their turns and keep them­selves oc­cu­pied.


Play­ing with ob­sta­cle chal­lenges keep Airial Gym­nas­tics Club mem­bers fo­cused and helps de­velop mus­cle strength and flex­i­bil­ity. From the top, left: Lila Car­roll, Charlee Humphries, No­rah Ruther­ford and Macken­zie Ped­dle; bot­tom: Clare O’Brien, Alexis Ped­dle and Rayelle Woodridge.


Alexis Ped­dle prac­tices on the bal­ance beam, while Rayelle Wool­ridge, No­rah Ruther­ford, Macken­zie Ped­dle and Charlee Humphries take a break and wait for their turns.

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