Fundraising Gymathon by Rhythmic Gymnastics Club

The Kanata Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics Club is well into another year of training, fitness and fun.

The club held its first major event, its annual Gymathon, at the Bridlewood Elementary School in Kanata on Saturday, Nov. 2 and Sunday, Nov. 3. In this event, gymnasts aged 4 to 16 from classes in both Kanata and Stittsville enjoyed an afternoon of friendship, fitness and fun while raising funds for equipment for the Club.

In this Gymathon, the gymnasts took part in various exercises requiring flexibility, balance and coordination, all using the essential apparatus prevalent in the sport of rhythmic gymnastics - the ball, hoop, rope and ribbon.

Major fundraisers in the Gymathon were Maala Brickley, Branwen Craig and Annika Ives, all of Kanata, in the recreational stream and Haley Miller of Nepean, Britney Han of Barrhaven and Ashley Keefer of Carp in the advanced streams.

The Kanata Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics Club is a local volunteer rhythmic gymnastics club which offers recreational classes in various Kanata and Stittsville locations.

The sport of rhythmic gymnastics combines the grace of ballet and dance with gymnastics movements that require flexibility, concentration and coordination.

The Kanata Rhythmic Sportive Gymnastics Club, founded in 1975, offers programming in two developmental streams, recreational and advanced training.

Rhythmic gymnastics of a competitive nature began in the 1940's in the Soviet Union.

The first world championships for individual rhythmic gymnasts was held in 1963 in Budapest.

Rhythmic gymnastics was added to the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, with Canadian Lori Fung becoming the first rhythmic gymnast to earn an Olympic gold medal.

Rhythmic gymnasts must exhibit balance, flexibility, coordination and strength.

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