While there won't be any gymnastics taking place with the North Peace Gymnastics Association the rest of the spring, there's a chance athletes would be able to summersault and tumble this summer. The NPGA cancelled the remainder of its spring session — which goes until the end of June — on April 28, but Gymnastics B.C., the NPGA's governing body, is busy drafting up a start-up plan to present to the provincial government.
Gymnastics B.C. will present its "Return to Play" plan to Via Sport and its member clubs next week for approval, before presenting it to the province.
"We were super excited when Gymnastics B.C. told us they were working on a plan. It gives us something to look forward to and be excited about, up until now we've been unable to plan anything," said NPGA Manager Chantelle Yates.
Under B.C.'s restart plan, amateur sports will be able to return in phase two, which begins around May 19. However, Yates cautioned that it will take a little while for gymnastics program to officially return, as the plan needs to be approved, and each club has to make adjustments and prepare for a new way of doing things. Still she thinks a return in July for competitive teams is possible, with a return to normal programming possibly coming in September.
"It's really too early to say for now, but we are waiting to hear from the governing body and will go from there," Yates said.
Gymnastics is a hands-on sport, Yates said, and any return would need to see a hands-off approach to teaching gymnastics. That could mean dividing the gym up into separate sections, holding smaller classes, and cleaning and sanitizing equipment even more than the NPGA already does.
"We've had a great outpouring of support from our membership. The kids definitely miss it, our competitive teams have been in contact with us through Zoom, and the kids are sending us pictures and letting us know how much they miss us," said Yates. "We've had a really great response of people telling us they can't wait to get back into the gym."
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