By Greg Price
Taber celebrated the grand opening of its new gymnastics complex located at 5336 48th Avenue on Friday as the sport continues to take many positive steps forward.
While the official grand opening was on Friday, the Taber Gymnastics Club has been open for weeks with plenty of interest.
“Registration has been at an all-time high and we have had great growth in our core classes,” said Tara Coney, head coach of the Taber Gymnastics Fitness Club. “We’ve had field trips booked every day and we’ve just opened up birthday party bookings and we just had our first weekend of open gym.”
It has been a long journey for the gymnastics club in securing the land and building its new building with agreements with the Town of Taber, as for years the club had its difficulties fitting effectively into the Taber Community Centre in which past club sessions were held. The new 5400-square foot building houses such things as a ground trampoline, tumble track, foam pit and a very large gym floor.
“One advantage would be the equipment that were able to use with the pit and the trampoline, ad the tumble track all in ground. Not having to set up and take down the equipment saves a lot of volunteer hours and coaches with wear and tear with equipment,” said Coney. “It keeps the equipment safer and cleaner. Also, the number of hours the gymnasts have in the gym now, it gives them an opportunity to become competitive gymnasts in practising a lot more.”
Classes are offered in all age groups, where adults can attend drop-in sessions as well. There are approximately 10 people with the gymnastics club according to Coney who help with its day-to-day operations.
Several political dignitaries, community leaders and town staff were eon hand for the grand opening of the facility on Friday which the club members were happy to see.
“It went well. It’s been a long time coming and it’s great to see the community support. They have seen us through and it’s nice for them to be there and help us celebrate. It’s a big accomplishment for our town,” said Coney.