It's been awhile since we've blogged, but what an exciting month it has been!
All Star Week
Our annual All Star Week in June was an enormous success! We had a full house every night for our school age classes. Huge thank you to all the families and friends who came out to support our students! One of the greatest parts of our jobs is seeing the progress from where our students begin to where they end in June. We are so proud of all they were able to accomplish and we hope you were too!
Gym Momentum Camp
We were closed the following week, but that didn't stop 9 of our higher level gymnasts from putting in nearly 24 hours of gymnastics in a 4 day period while they attended Gym Momentum camp! There are lots of gymnastics camps out there that our team gymnasts attend, and this is the first year we have sent gymnasts to Gym Momentum. This camp is a little different from others, because it's not only a camp for gymnasts, but for their coaches too. Whether you have been coaching for 3 years or 30 years, there is always something to learn. Our sport is always changing and evolving, and it is through experience and education that we as coaches can refine our coaching techniques to improve our athletes. Elyse and I jumped at the chance to attend the camp, which was geared towards optional (levels 6-10) athletes.
Camp was hosted by Yellow Jackets Gymnastics in Danvers, Massachusetts from Thursday-Sunday. Friday and Saturday was packed with gymnastics (4 hours in the morning, 4 in the afternoon), while Thursday and Sunday were just half days. Our gymnasts trained on all four events (vault, bars, beam, and floor) and in dance, learned from internationally experienced coaches and Olympians, learned some new skills, and made a ton of new friends. The camp even had athletes from Iceland and Canada! Immediately after the end of the camp, they all said to me and Elyse, "Can we come back next year?" which to me says that they had a great time.
Aside from all the new drills and techniques Elyse and I learned as we watched and observed our girls, we were probably most proud of how Spectrum was represented. Camp director, Tony Retrosi told all the camp athletes that, "everyone could learn a thing or two about gym manners from Spectrum." All the camp coaches commented to us on how polite and well-mannered all of our gymnasts were, and how they thanked them for their corrections and worked hard to apply them. Wendy Bruce, from the 1992 bronze medal winning USA Olympic Team wrote to our Facebook page, "Thank you for letting me work with your athletes. They were definitely the most polite athletes I have ever seen. They thanked me when I gave them corrections. They were an absolute pleasure to work with." In addition to teaching them gymnastics, we also teach life lessons and values, and it's an amazing feeling to know that those lessons and values are being applied and recognized by people outside our gym. Maddie even won the "Spirit of Momentum" camp award for her work ethic, coachability, and leadership.
We are excited to go back next year, and Elyse and I would also love to extend a HUGE thank you to Mrs. Hagymas and Mrs. Beaudoin for helping chaperone!
Here's a video montage from camp, if you haven't seen it already!
Nerf Gun Battle Arena - now THIS was a great camp. We had obstacle courses, target practice, capture the flag, craft (campers made shields), and of course, open battle! I think Mr. Sean might have had the most fun out of everyone with this one!
Glitz and Glamour Camp - for all the glamour queens out there! We played games, designed some clothes, made lip gloss, swam in the pool, and finished the day with some fabulous glitter tattoos!
Angry Birds Camp - Campers designed boxes and their own towers to build, and we used our homemade slingshot to try to knock them down! We also played a ton of Dodgeball. Miss Kassie's art skills helped made this camp a big success!
We still have some space left in our Summer camps and classes! They are a lot of fun! Stay tuned for more summer updates!
Peace, love, and gymnastics,
Spectrum Gymnastics Academy
26 Buttrick Rd
About the Author
Coach Sarah is a former Rhode Island College gymnast, NCGA National qualifier, All-American, current gymnastics coach and judge, and contributor for the gymnastics news source, The Gymternet. Find out what's going on at Spectrum and learn more about the incredible sport of gymnastics!