Gym club embarks on new season


NEW GLASGOW — A new season means some new members and many returning ones for the Pictou County Gymnastics Club.

Head coach Wendy Cruickshank said early registration showed a total membership nearly matching the 2017-18 total of 400, including more than 50 male members.

“There are some first-timers,” she said.

Andrew Fraser is back training at the gym, competing at various events and attending Gymnastics Nova Scotia’s high-performance team testing. He’s one of 34 competitive club gymnasts, which is up from 26 last season.

Fraser, 14, entered a higher age group and skill level when he competed at a tournament on October 13 in Halifax.

“It was pretty high performance against a much higher level,” he said. “I was the youngest in my group.”

Fraser does well on all the men’s gymnastics disciplines, especially rings and high bar.

“I like them best anyway,” he said.

His next competition is from January 11-14 in Halifax, and he hopes he can improve on his previous performance.

Many club members have become coaches following their competitive careers.

“I’d like to compete as long as I can,” he said.

Meanwhile, the club is organizing a Team Two open registration from 6 to 9 p.m. on November 19 and 4 to 8 p.m. on November 21.

The club is also preparing for its 10th anniversary in the spring and summer of 2019.

It describes itself as a not-for-profit organization that provides a variety of gymnastics, fitness and health classes.

Gymnastics classes include Kindergym for those aged 18 months to three years, Preschool for those aged three to five, Recreation for those five and up, Teen Gym for those 13 to 19 and Competitive for those to represent the club in competitions within and beyond Atlantic Canada.

The club has a variety of classes from Monday through Saturday.

Andrew Fraser holds a sitting position on the rings. (Goodwin photo)