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Women's Artistic Gymnastics

Home to not one but two Olympians and countless men's and women's National and Provincial athletes, our competitive programs stand out as some of the best in the country. The combination of our talented coaches, 27,000 square foot facility and commitment to coaching athletes to achieve their personal best, has proven to be a winning combination for our team.

Our competitive program is by try-out or recommendation only.

 

Tiny Tumblers

Age: 4
Length: 2.5 hours/week

This program is aimed at girls 4 years of age (as of December 31st) that are showing above average physical potential, desire to learn, and have lots of energy to spare. Fun is one of the main aspect of the program with emphasis on the joy of gymnastics. Every child develops at their own pace over the season, allowing them to reach their own goals in a positive environment. It is very important to us that we also develop their enthusiasm for the sport; their confidence and self-esteem while at the same time help them to develop good listening skills, work habits and attentiveness.

 

Petite Elite & Pre-Competitive

Age: 5-6
Length: 6-9 hours/week

These programs are aimed at girls 5 and 6 years of age (as of December 31st). The focus of the Petite Elite and Pre-Competitive program is to provide all those who participate with a structured gymnastics class where fun continues to be a main aspect of the program while developing fundamental skills and incorporating them on all apparatus (uneven bars, balance beam, floor, vault and trampoline). We also continue to emphasize the concept of fitness through developing the child's strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, concentration, body awareness and agility. This prepares the gymnast's body to learn and acquire the basic fundamental skills. At the same time, we start to develop some of the psychological aspects of gymnastics such as positive self-image, goal-setting, sportsmanship and a good level of self-confidence for each child.

 

Junior Competitive 

Age: 7-8
Length: 12-16 hours/week

The Junior Competitor Program is geared towards girls ages 7 and 8 who have met the requirements to begin competing in the Compulsory Program (Junior Olympic (JO) Levels 2-5) as determined by Gymnastics Ontario. The girls will train 3 or 4 times per week for 4 hours. The goal of this program is to further develop their base skills and continue the process of developing their physical/mental attributes in order to attend a minimum of 2 competitions toward the end of the season (March-June). Additionally, the girls may be offered a third competition to participate in if they so choose.

 

Pre-Aspire 

Age: 6-8
Length: 12-16 hours/week

The Pre-Aspire Program is aimed at girls primarily 6 to 8 years of age (as of December 31st). The focus of the Pre-Aspire Program is to prepare the athletes for entry into the Canadian National Program (Aspire, Novice, Junior, Senior) and/or the High Level Provincial Steam (Junior Olympic (JO) Levels 5+) as determined by Gymnastics Canada and Gymnastics Ontario. Athletes in this program will train 3 or 4 times per week for 4 hours each time. Athletes may be selected to compete and/or do a showcase based on the coach’s recommendation of their readiness to do so. In addition to skill acquisition, athletes will continue to develop their physical and mental abilities for future success in the sport.

Athletes in the pre-aspire program can move on to any other one of our competitive programs from one season to the next (Compulsory, Optional or National).

 

Compulsory Competitve

Age: 9 and up
Length: 12-18 hours/week

The Compulsory Competitive Program is geared toward girls ages 9 and up who have met the required skills for junior Olympic (JO) Level 3 or above as determined by Gymnastics Ontario. The girls train 12, 16 or 18 hours per week. Compulsory Competitive athletes are required to participate in three mandatory “qualifying” competitions over the season. After the third meet, their best two all-around scores will be averaged and they will be placed on a ranking list with all other athletes in the province who are of the same age and level. Those girls who rank in the top 60% (roughly) will be offered an opportunity to compete at the Level 3-5 Provincial Championships in late May or early June. Athletes in this program are expected to attend Provincial Championships if they qualify and any additional training camps as determined by Gymnastics Ontario and/or the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre. Additionally, the girls may be offered a 4th optional competition to participate in if they so choose.

 

Invitational Competitive

Age: 9 and up
Length: 8 hours/week

The Invitational Program is geared towards girls ages 9+ who have met the requirements to begin competing in the Compulsory Program (Junior Olympic (JO) Levels 3 and up) as determined by Gymnastics Ontario. The girls will train 2 times per week for 4 hours. The goal of this program is to further develop their base skills and continue the process of developing their physical/mental attributes in order to attend a minimum of 2 competitions toward the end of the season (March-June). The athlete’s all-around scores from the two competitions will be averaged and they will be placed on a ranking list with all other athletes in the province who are of the same age and level. Those girls who rank in the top 60% (roughly) will be offered an opportunity to compete at the Level 3-5 Provincial Championships in late May or early June (athletes in this program may choose to accept or decline their spot for Provincial Champions if they qualify). Additionally, the girls may be offered a 3rd optional competition to participate in if they so choose.

 

Optional Competitive

Age: 9 and up
Length: 15-20 hours/week

The Optional Competitive Program is for athletes ages 9+ who have met the requirements to compete in the Junior Olympic (JO) Levels 6-10 as determined by gymnastics Ontario. The girls train 3,4 or 5 times per week for 5 or 5.25 hours each time. Optional Competitive athletes are required to participate in three mandatory “qualifying” competitions over the season. After the third meet, their best two all-around scores will be averaged and they will be placed on a ranking list with all other athletes in the province who are of the same age and level. Those girls who rank in the top 40% (roughly) will be offered an opportunity to compete at Provincial Championships in April. Athletes in this program are expected to attend Provincial Championships if they qualify and any additional training camps as determined by Gymnastics Ontario and/or the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre. Additionally, the girls may be offered a 4th optional competition to participate in if they so choose.

 

National Competitive

Age: 9 and up
Length: 20+ hours/week

The National Competitive Program is for athletes ages 8+ who have met or have the potential to develop the requirements needed to participate in Gymnastics Canada’s Aspire and High Performance Programs. The girls will train 4 or 5 times per week for 5.25 hours each time (depending on their age). Athlete’s in the National Competitive Program are expected to attend all competitions, screening activities and training camps as determined by Gymnastics Canada, Gymnastics Ontario and the Ottawa Gymnastics Centre.

 

For more details on the competitive program please contact our WAG program coordinator directly, Amanda Pepin at wag@ottawagymnasticscentre.ca.

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