Registration for the second se-mester at the Fort Frances Gymnastics Academy will be held there tomorrow from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., with organizers looking forward to welcoming new faces to their programs.
“Kids who’ve tried skating [or] swimming are perhaps looking for something else,” club administrator Chane Rissman said. “Sometimes they didn’t like what they were in and dropped out and [are] looking for something different.”
Rissman said the academy—which includes the Visserettes, boys’ gymnastics, trampoline, and Rainbow Rhythmic clubs—garners most interest from those who got a taste of the sport during the elementary school programs back in the fall.
Club coaches ran 10-week introductory courses for grade three and four students as part of their physical education curriculum, which have, in the past, translated into them joining the programs on a regular basis.
“These school classes open up most of these kids’ eyes to what’s available to them so we do pick up quite a few,” Rissman noted.
“The schedules are set. It’s just a matter of picking up more people for them,” he added.
In addition to the recreation and competitive programs, there are a number of openings for beginners, including two kinder-gym programs for children aged three to five and five and up.
Those interested in starting in the trampoline division must be aged five or older.
Most of the club’s 20 part-time coaches will be on hand tomorrow to answer any questions parents may have.
Some mild workouts have been held since Wednesday, but club head coaches Alex Rosalina and Adriana Ota will resume regular classes beginning next week that will run until the end of May.
The academy is located at 835 McKenzie Ave. N. (next to The Beer Store).
Local provincial competitors are coming off a successful December as four trampolinists—Jill Howarth, Michelle Cournoyer, and Kayla and Travis Hahkala—earned spots at a provincial qualifier in Toronto in April.