Monkey See, Monkey Do with Gymnastics BC



    Gymnastics BC wants kids to see gymnastics and then get involved

    VANCOUVER, Aug. 8 /CNW/ - Today, Gymnastics BC is hosting a "Monkey See,
Monkey Do" demonstration by local gymnasts at the outdoor plaza at the
Vancouver Art Gallery. This demonstration will remind people that gymnastics
is the foundation for all human movement and encourage children to join their
local club. Gymnastics provides athletes with skills such as balance,
strength, flexibility and overall body awareness - all core abilities that
will help with any sport.
    Thousands of British Columbians will be watching gymnastics on television
during the Beijing Olympic Games - gymnastics being the second most watched
sport in the summer games. As they watch the Olympic Games, Gymnastics BC
invites parents and children to harness that inspiration and get involved.
    "We want to encourage all young people to get involved with gymnastics,"
said Moira Gookstetter, Chief Executive Officer, Gymnastics BC. "Gymnastics is
not just an elite level sport, everyone can participate and its benefits are
long lasting in all aspects of life."
    Gymnastics is about physical literacy. Physical literacy is about
children learning to be active for life in physical education and providing
standards of good body usage through movement. Gymnastics is about movement in
a fun and creative way and the activity of gymnastics incorporates many basic
elements of human movement and helps teach kids confidence, coordination,
strength and flexibility.
    "Many people think of gymnastics as being a competitive sport and don't
realize that it is the foundation for other athletic pursuits," said Mark
Friesen, a Kids CanMove instructor. "I like to show young athletes that by
being involved with the Kids CanMove program, they are learning movement
skills that will be helpful with other activities."
    Gymnastics BC has 75 member clubs throughout the province with a wide
range of classes for different ages and skill levels. A number of registration
events will be held throughout BC and parents and teachers are encouraged to
learn more about the activity. Cities with affiliated clubs are listed on the
Gymnastics BC website.
    As the start of a new school year approaches, Gymnastics BC encourages
teachers to become involved in the Kids CanMove elementary school program.
Beginning in September 2008, the BC Ministry of Education requires that all
students will participate in 30 minutes of physical activity per day and the
Kids CanMove program meets this requirement easily in any school setting with
limited gymnasium equipment. Detailed information about the Kids CanMove
program is available on the Gymnastics BC website.

    About Gymnastics BC:
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    Gymnastics BC is a federation of clubs and affiliate members which has as
its mission to provide positive and diverse gymnastics experiences for
province wide participation at all levels. In consultation with Gymnastics
Canada Gymnastique, Gymnastics BC coordinates and supports programs in the
pursuit of national and international excellence and directs the development
of provincial programs at all levels. Gymnastics BC is also responsible for
promoting gymnastics as a foundation for human movement and the benefits of
all levels of participation. www.gymnastics.bc.ca or www.kidscanmove.com

    About Kids CanMove
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    The Kids CanMove program teaches basic movements that will help students
with balance, strength and flexibility throughout their life. Teachers can
become involved with equipment they already have at their school and they do
not require any previous gymnastics experience to safely teach gymnastics.

    
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