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The South 40 Mile Gymnastics Club has been out of operations for roughly three years — leaving kids in Foremost and area without a place to take part in what could be their favourite sport.
The group has been operational for more than 30 years and it aims to give kids a fun, safe place to learn and practice gymnastics.
“It would be really nice for us to get the club running again,” said former president and secretary Lara Mitzel-Smith. “It’s been a while and it’s a bit of a shame.
“In smaller towns it’s hard to bring coaches in when you lose one, so we’re hoping someone with a bit of time and knowledge can step in and help us out.”
The group is recreational and not competitive and operates Monday nights from 6:30-9:30 p.m. The coaching position is paid a bit of money and it requires a working knowledge of gymnastics and how to work with children.
“It’s a fun environment and we meet at Foremost School,” said Mitzel-Smith. “We leave the equipment at the school and they use it when we’re not — it’s a win-win.
“There’s always opportunities with hockey in Canadian communities, but for kids not interested in that, gymnastics is a great option — there’s so many great friendships to be made.”
Mitzel-Smith served as secretary from 2006-10 and then as president from 2010-14 and she said gymnastics can be a very important part of being a kid.
“It’s a lot of fun for them,” said Mitzel-Smith. “It’s a really great environment that doesn’t pressure kids to do things they aren’t comfortable doing — we don’t pressure kids to do a balance beam if they aren’t ready for it — we work toward doing things like that.
“I think it just builds a level of confidence in kids and that’s important for development.”
Mitzel-Smith says the anyone interested can reach out to her or current president Kendra Jaeger.
“We’re hoping someone with a bit of time will contact us,” she said. “There’s training available if people need it.
“We’re just hoping to get this up and running again in the community.”
Contact Mitzel-Smith at (403) 808-0229 for more information.