Vail gymnastics booming |

Vail gymnastics booming

Jamie Wilson Gunion
Vail, CO, Colorado

In its fourth year of operation, the Vail Gymnastics Center hosted approximately 445 participants per week in one of the many programs offered at the center. This includes gymnastics, trampoline, fencing, birthday parties and martial-arts programs.

The center experienced a record year for tourists visiting from across the U.S., Canada, Mexico and the United Kingdom.

State meet:

In June, the Vail Recreation District hosted the 2008 Educational Artistic Gymnastics League and Education System (EAGLES) State Championships at Dobson Ice Arena. The championships brought nearly 500 athletes, plus their families, to Vail for two days of championship gymnastics over the Father’s Day weekend. The VRD plans to bid on the tournament for a 2010 return.

Gymnastics programs:

The VRD managed the gymnastics program, which operated 50 classes per week ranging in ages from preschool to adult, plus five competitive team classes per week.

Approximately 290 students participated in the Gymnastics Center learning programs for ages 5 through 12, including preschool programs and boys and girls classes.

Approximately 40 participated in the weekly adult gymnastics program.

Approximately 30 participated in the weekly ski and snowboard trampoline class that taught trampoline safety and ski and snowboard trick techniques.

Special programs:

The Gymnastics Center hosted 60 birthday parties with approximately 12 to 20 family members attending. The parties include coaching on equipment and an area for food and drink.

During the fall, the Gymnastics Center hosts Ski and Snowboard Club Vail and Team Summit as part of the teams’ fall training schedules.

Competition highlights:

The Vail Gymnastics Team participated in the 2008 Colorado State Championships, with the Level 4 Team placing first in the Small Teams category.

Several team members also competed in USA Gymnastics, a national competitive league, in which participating members qualified for the state meet.

Jamie Wilson Gunion

Marketing director, Vail Recreation District

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