‘Gymnaestrada’ gathering in Cloverdale this weekend

CLOVERDALE — The Agriplex will be filled with more than 500 recreational gymnasts this weekend (May 30-31) during the 2015 BC Gymnaestrada.

The 23 clubs taking part in the event represent Gymnastics BC clubs throughout B.C., Special Olympics and rhythmic gymnastics.

"The BC Gymnaestrada is the largest annual provincial recreational gymnastics event," organizers said in an email. "A unique form of participation in gymnastics, anyone of any age or skill level is welcome. The event’s main focus is on mass participation and performance. Group routines are performed for the joy of participation rather than scores. In fact, there are no judges."

The event is co-presenter by Splitz Gymnastics Centres and Gymnastics BC.

The gymnasts will take part in a variety of sessions on Saturday designed to "increase their enjoyment of physical fitness. These sessions include parkour, line dancing, self-defence and acro yoga."

The grand finale for the 2015 BC Gymnaestrada is the performance on Sunday, May 31. Each of the groups will perform the routine in front of friends, family and the community. Two shows are scheduled, at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m., at the Cloverdale Agriplex. Ticket prices range from $5 to $12 and are available at the door.

"All of our coaches and athletes are looking forward to this amazing opportunity! We welcome the 2015 BC Gymnaestrada to our Cloverdale home," stated Tarn Mitchell, co-owner of Splitz Gymnastics Centres.

More event details are posted at Gymbc.org/events/events/post/265.

Based in Vancouver, Gymnastics BC is the provincial governing body for the sport of gymnastics in British Columbia. Its mission is "to provide, promote and guide a positive lifelong gymnastics experience."

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