Our History The Grande Prairie Gymnastics Society is proud to be a part of the Grande Prairie community for over fourty years!
The Grande Prairie Gymnastics Society was founded in 1973 by a group of parents including Dr. Bob Waldenberger and Diana (Kuhlman) Tissington, who shared the same passion for gymnastics. Bethe Goldie, a retired Physical Education instructor at the Grande Prairie Regional College, pioneered a tradition of coaching excellence that the Grande Prairie Gymnastics Society can be proud of. In 1980 the club became a registered society.
The Gymnastics Club initially trained in ‘set up, take down’ multipurpose facilities. The GPRC gymnasium served as the Society’s first training center. Many years later, the Club moved to a Richmond Industrial Park 3000 sq. foot multipurpose center located next to Tartan Auto Body. The first ‘dedicated space’ facility was acquired though the purchase of a 10,000 sq. foot warehouse located behind the Quality Hotel in the industrial park.
In September of 2005, the Grande Prairie Gymnastics Society moved to its new world-class 50,000 sq. foot gymnastic training center, it is considered one of the biggest, state-of-the-art gymnastic training centre’s in the world.
Grande Prairie Gymnastics have produced numerous provincial champions as well as three national champions:
- Rhonda Wilson
- Kelly Ottenbreit
- Erin McCabe
We are dedicated to meeting the needs of every athlete, from casual tumblers to competitive athletes.
The world of gymnastics and cheerleading offers a variety of programs, including:
- Recreational programs for gymnastics and cheerleading
- Government licensed pre-school program combined with gymnastics or cheerleading
- Professional instruction for competitive artistic gymnastics, trampoline and tumbling, and cheerleading
- Tumbling for dancers
- Freestyle gymnastics (parkour) recreational programs
To inspire a foundation of excellence in our community.
For pre-adolescent children, gymnastics remains one of the best activities for the overall development of agility, balance, coordination, strength, and flexibility. It is considered one of the 3 foundational sports along with track and field and swimming. It incorporates a wide variety of movement skills to make it perfect for ‘one-stop shopping’ in physical literacy.
Tip: Children’s gymnastics programs don’t traditionally feature competition, and your child doesn’t need to aspire to compete at the Olympics. Most kids have fun with basic gymnastics, if you want one program that develops a wide range of core skills, gymnastics is it.