In June 2012, when moving into our present location, we were wrestling with a tagline that helped us define what Kelowna Gymnastix was all about.
We wanted to communicate a message that we were different than many gymnastics clubs. Our focus was on our student’s overall development – physical, emotional and social maturation. We wanted to build a positive engaging environment for kids/athletes to thrive. Additionally, we wanted to help all our students (kids and adults) see the lifelong benefit from gymnastics training.
A few months later we kept hearing from our customers, “oh I’ve heard that you’re the place that makes gymnastics FUN!” Well, yes and much more! But the tagline stuck. As when kids perceive learning as fun what better place to be!
So we have the opportunity each day to do what we are passionate about. Helping kids grow and develop – but making it FUN!
Special Needs Gymnastics
We believe (and have seen time and time again) that ALL children benefit from gymnastics. We have a customized instruction program that meets children with therapeutic needs, addressing their social, emotional and physical challenges. Gymnastics movements and activities greatly support children with special needs improving not only their social and emotional behaviours, but simultaneously growing their physical strength, coordination and movement.
Our experience and expertise have seen that involvement in therapeutic instructional gymnastics has shown favourable results in the children taught (at various age groups) with a variety of special needs, such as the autistic spectrum for example. Our children under the autistic spectrum find improved behavioural self-regulations from attending our therapeutic gymnastics classes, and this has greatly facilitated the improvement of the child’s overall capabilities, independence and confidence for more fulfilling life experiences. Gymnastics meets children with therapeutic needs, addressing their social, emotional and physical challenges.
About Bruce Elwood
Bruce has been coaching gymnastics for over 30 years. He started competing in high school and went on to Portland State University on a gymnastics scholarship. He has had the privilege of attending numerous camps and coaching clinics with some of the worlds greatest gymnastics technicians. Bruce went into coaching boy’s gymnastics teams in Oregon and in 1990 started his own club with a friend, the Metro Gymnastics Center in Tualatin, OR. It quickly grew to 15 staff and over 800 students.
In 1996 Bruce moved with his wife and family to Kelowna and shortly thereafter became a Canadian citizen. He has continued to coach recreational classes in the Kelowna area preferring the recreational focus over the demands of a competitive program.
The remaining members of our team are all dynamic individuals who have the ability to connect and engage participants in a safe, fun and respectful way. We believe skills can be learned but the natural ability to connect and engage is a gift that can not be taught.
The Kelowna Gymnastix team believes in “growing” the whole athlete. This includes not only gymnastics skills but self confidence and a sense of accomplishment, social skills, team building and the value of trust & support.