Whistler Gymnastics
October 21, 2017


GFA Program Handbook

Gymnastics for All (GFA) Parent Handbook...    


Gymnastics For All (GFA) includes all non-competitive programs offered by Whistler Gymnastics.  

GFA is available for all age ranges, abilities and program goals. These programs are geared towards having fun, developing fitness, and acquiring fundamental skills. 

Gymnastics for All is recreational, educational and performance gymnastics for all stages of life.



Coordination               Strength                         Flexibility                    Agility

 Body awareness          Self Confidence                  Self Esteem                Team Work



Fun: participants are active, successful and enjoying the activity of gymnastics 

Fitness: Physical, Motor, Emotional, Psychological, Social Attributes 

Fundamentals: Landings, Stationary Positions, Locomotion, Spring, Rotation, Swing and Object Manipulation.



The Gym is a NUT- FREE Zone


Gym Rules

Be prepared to participate 

Keep your body under control 

Understand the risk of the activity 

Follow equipment and facility safety procedures

 Master basic skills before attempting more advanced 

Get coaches’ permission to go on equipment or to try new skills 

Coaching supervision is always required in the gym 

Parents and spectators must stay in their designated area 

Participate cooperatively within the limits set by the coach 

Be alert and safety conscious




GFA classes are offered in sessions


Fall: Sept. – Dec.

Winter: Jan. –  March  

Spring: March – June 

Summer Camps: July – Aug




each class has a theme 

Warm up with music and small apparatus: balls, bean bags, parachute, stretch and intro to lesson


Instruction on all Olympic apparatus: 

Woman’s Events: Vault, Uneven Bars, Balance Beam, Floor Exercise,

 Men’s Event: Vault, Parallel Bars, High Bar, Rings, Floor Exercise

All classes will also include Trampoline, Mini trampoline, tumble track and foam pit 


Cool Down with games or challenges




ACTIVE START (ages 6 months to 5 years) For more details see Active Start Parent Guide

            Parent & Baby

            Parent & Tot age 1.5, 2, 3

            Kinder Kid age 3,4

            Higflyers age 5 & 6 (Kindergarten age)

            Exploration Passtime age 16mths – 5 years



             FUN 1-3 Grades 1-3 mixed boys & girls

             FUN 4-7 Grades  4-7 mixed boys & girls



INTERCLUB: gives a chance for athletes to perform routines in front of evaluators in a non-competitive environment which they then get rewarded for doing.

Performance, Performance Plus & Performance Challenge - Girls 2x a week, can attend INTERCLUB  Events in Spring Session



Gymnastics and parkour skills Grades 3-7 mixed boys & girls



Trampoline classes, Grade 2 and up



Trampoline and Gymnastics skills Gr 2 and up



            Teen Gymnastics and Trampoline Grades 8 +

            Adult  Gymnastics and Trampoline 18 +

            Adult Passtime Gymnastics and Trampoline

            Adult Fitness Classes


GYMNAESTRADA (ages 6 to adults)                    

 is a performance based class exposing individuals to all aspects of gymnastics, Artistic, Rhythmic, trampoline, acrobatics, circus, and dance. This is a performance group that will attend BC Gymnasestrada in the Spring Session and has a chance to attend National Gymnaestrada in 2018 and World Gymnaestrada in 2019!



 Fundamental programs are based on progressions designed by Gymnastics Canada CANGYM program. 

The CANGYM program is broken into 12 levels, 1-4  (burgundy, red, tan, bronze), 5-8  (purple, blue, turquoise, silver) and  9-12 (orange, yellow, green, gold). 

Progress reports are given at the end of each session and may include Cangym levels or a full summary of skills worked on.

Interclub athletes work towards attending Interclub Events within BC. Athletes will receive a progress report with written comments.



The Gymnastics BC Interclub Program expands the opportunities for athletes at the recreational level. Introduced in 2002, the program provides gymnasts aged 6 and up with the chance to  learn  routines and have the chance to perform. Interclub promotes a creative environment that does not follow traditional competitive gymnastics. In addition it provides a performance opportunity in a meet-type setting for recreational athletes of all abilities. 

The 3 Interclub categories are Performance, Performance Plus and Performance Challenge. In Performance, athletes perform routines which are given positive feedback. In Performance Plus and Challenge, athletes perform routines and receive scores that coincide with gold, silver or bronze ribbons on each event, with Challenge athletes having a higher expected skill level.

2017 Interclub Event Dates: 

April 21 Bowen Island
May 4-6 Delta Invitational (at the Richmond Olympic Oval)
June 22-24 Whistler Summer Classic
Each event is on one day only, but most clubs haven't finalized schedules yet.
Details of each meet will be sent out as soon as they are received, usually just a few weeks before.

Whistler Gymnastics Organization 

Whistler Gymnastics Club is a registered non-profit society. We are governed by our club membership through direction from their elected volunteer Board of Directors. A Management Team is employed to lead and facilitate club operations in the areas of both program and business. A certified coaching staff is employed to deliver programs.

Please view the current organizational chart for more detail.

Whistler Gymnastics is a full member club affiliate of Gymnastics BC. All participants, coaches and volunteers are registered and insured through Gymnastics BC annually Sept-Aug. 

OROS: means “Mountain” in Greek

Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre is the name of our training facility. Whistler Gymnastics is the name of the artistic and trampoline gymnastics program. Our training facility hosts visiting teams from all over the world asking to augment their sport training with gymnastics. We also host coaching courses.



Whistler Gymnastics Vision

Whistler Gymnastics Club offers quality gymnastic activity that fosters lifelong sport participation.

Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre is recognized as a leading resource for sport excellence in Whistler, in British Columbia, in Canada and internationally. The organization is regarded highly for its professionalism, and its member care (needs) as well as its sound programming.



Respectful/Caring                   Action Oriented

Passionate Involvement          Leadership

Professionalism                       Ethical

Commitment                           Enthusiasm




Provide excellence in gymnastics activity in a safe, positive, and respectful environment.

Deliver programs with enthusiasm, passion, professionalism and innovation.

Promote life-long engagement in sport through involvement in gymnastics.


Overall Goals

 1.     Sound Business Management

2.     Program Excellence and Diversity

3.     Customer Services / Client Care 

4.     Leadership in Sport Delivery and Promotion of Sport for Life



Club communication is centralized through our office email info@whistlergymnastics.com

Executive Director - Cristiana Spooner
Administrator - Keli Gillis
Facilities Coordinator - Karin Jarratt
Financial Assistant - Claire Thornthwaite
Head Coach Gymnastics For All - Corley McElwain
Head Coach Trampoline - Ali Drescher
Head Coach Competitive Artistic & Interclub - Karin Jarratt
Active Start Coordinator - TBA
For Cross Training, private coaching and access to the gym - email: info@whistlergymnastics.com



How to Register for a Whistler Gymnastics GFA Program

 You can register online, in-person or by mail.  No phone registrations are taken.

For more details click HERE


What to wear

Athletes should be in comfortable gym clothes and bare feet. Girls - Body Suit (preferably) & hair tied up.  Boys - T-shirt and Sport Shorts (no buttons or zippers).  Trampoline athletes including Challengers need to wear socks. Please remove jewellery before gym.  Participation will not be allowed if appropriate gym attire is not worn. There are change rooms with hooks and shelving as well as additional hooks for coats and backpacks inside the gym. Please do not bring valuables to gym.

Whistler Gymnastics Code of Conduct

Every member of Whistler Gymnastics is expected to treat others with dignity and respect. This includes our participants, parents, coaches, staff and volunteers. Any behaviour that’s insulting, intimidating, humiliating, malicious, degrading and offensive is not acceptable and will result in disciplinary action by the Board of Directors. A trained Harassment Officer will be appointed annually by the BOD to deal with an complaints of Harassment.


Athlete Discipline Procedure 

· The coach will talk to the athlete if they are breaking a rule and provide guidance

· If the athlete needs to be spoken to again, they will be asked to sit out. 

· If an athlete is misbehaving again, the coach will talk to the parent after class or call them within 24 hours 

· If it happens again the athlete will be asked to go home. 

· If it’s a very serious situation the head coach, board of directors and parent will come up with an agreement. 

· Any athlete who cannot follow the code of conduct will be asked to withdraw from the program with no refund.


Dropping Off / Picking Up & Parking 

Please park in the lot beside the Whistler Athletes' Centre. If full, continue past and use the large lot to the left. 

For athletes 8 & up, you can use the driveway loop to drop them off.

For athletes 8 & under, please come into the building to drop off and pick up them up.

We are not responsible for your athlete until they are in the gym. If you are late picking your athlete will be inside the gym waiting, please come in to pick up. If athletes are taking the bus from school please arrange with other parents who are driving to supervise athletes in the lobby until class starts. Whistler Gymnastics Staff and Coaches will not be in lobby supervising athletes. There are businesses above the lobby that appreciate minimal disruption! 


Gym Cleanliness 

Change rooms need to be kept clean, and this is the responsibility of the athletes who use them. Scheduled floor steam cleaning will be the responsibility of the club. Scheduled gym cleaning will be arranged by the club at which time parents will be asked to help us wipe down the mats, vacuum, clean mirrors. To work off volunteer hours please tell management team when you are able to help tidy gym. 


Care of Valuables / Lost and Found 

Whistler Gymnastics is not responsible for lost or stolen items. As our gym is open and a public facility, it is unfortunately accessible to the issue of theft. We highly recommend that no valuables be left unattended anywhere in the gym or facility, including our change rooms. Anything of monetary or personal worth should be left at home.  There is a Rubbermaid container in the boys change room. Any item left in the gym or change rooms are placed in the bin. Please label everything, backpacks, lunch kits, water bottles, shoes, jacket, gloves, and hats. We will keep lost and found items until the end of each recreational session, then we take everything to the Re-Use It Centre unless there is a name in the article lost. 


Complaint Protocol 

The volunteer Board of Directors, management and staff of Oros Whistler Gymnastics Centre attempt to run the club to the best of their ability. However, we are unable to foresee every problem that may occur. PLEASE, do not let your problem go un-addressed or assume it cannot be resolved. We want to tackle any and all problems before they grow into major issues. Please follow the complaint protocol listed.

If a parent or guardian has a concern with their child they must follow the outlined steps: 

Discuss the issue first with the competitive coach involved and Head coach

If the coach and Head Coach cannot resolve the problem, it will then be brought to the General Manager.

If the problem is still un-resolved, it’ll then be presented to the Board of Directors, with the Board’s decision being final.

Matters of Harassment go immediately to the trained and appointed Harassment Advisor, Sheila Mozes.  


Volunteer Responsibilities and Payment Plan in lieu of time 

There are many things that we need volunteers' help with to run our club well. Due to difficulty in finding helpers and to share the load amongst all families, the club has added a 5% volunteer levy on all fees. Parents will have the opportunity to earn this back should they so wish by contributing volunteer time to the club, credited at $15 per hour. This will be tracked and applied to your account at the end of each session. 

If you have a professional or trades skill, rates can be negotiated on an individual basis for you to work off your hours

Volunteer opportunities necessary to operate the club will be communicated and posted prior to the various events and may include the following: 

Administrative Assistance

Equipment Maintenance

Registration Support 

Marketing and Communications


Board of Directors

Cleaning of gym floor and equipment

Front desk duty

Legal support 





 Online is the fastest way to guarantee a spot!

Office Hours: 
Mon., Tues. & Thurs.; 10-1pm 

(Email us to save you the trip!)



Sept. 5-9 - Tramp & AG Comp. begins on Tues. Sept. 5

Sept. 11-17 - Interclub & GFA programs start including Adult DROP-In Trampoline classes

Oct.7-9 -Gym CLOSED for Thanksgiving weekend.

To receive updates on class changes, follow us on our Facebook page for fast notice.





Located in the Athlete's Centre:
(In Cheakamus Crossing)

1090 Legacy Way 
Whistler, BC. V0N 1B2
(604) 902-3547 
(604) 962-2828
Email Whistler gym