Things promise to be plenty busy for Gymtastiks of Moose Jaw this coming weekend as they prepare to host their annual Spring is Sprung Invitational at the local facility in the old Hillcrest Sports Centre curling arena.
More than 250 competitors from throughout the province will take part in the two day event, which will see athletes competing in the various levels of Junior Olympics competition ranging from the youngest J.O. 1 levels all the way up to the veteran J.O. 7 class, along with a recreational division for those looking to have fun in a relaxed competitive environment.
And that’s the key to the whole weekend – youngsters having a good time on the bars, mats, vault and beam while showing off what they’ve learned to the judges.
“It’s going to be a great time, we’re hoping all the kids have a lot of fun and do a great job out there,” said Gymtastiks coach Barb Jesse. “It’s partially a learning experience for the kids, learning to be in front of judges on your own because it is an individual sport, and that helps them in other endeavours like giving speeches in schools and things like that. It builds their confidence level and just does so much for them.”
As could be expected, plenty of help is needed to pull off such a large event, with a host of volunteers set to step into action.
“We have a ton of volunteers who make this happen, they do a great job and we’re looking forward to a fun weekend of competition,” Jesse said.
The event will take place in four sessions on Saturday, running from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., followed by three sessions Sunday from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.