Marta and Ernie Selmeczi Receive Prestigious Gene Sutton Special Achievement Award

Marta was a member of the very first Modern Gymnastics Federation (1969) technical section, continued as a member of the Canadian RG Federation, and was one of the founding members of the AGG section of Rhythmic Gymnastics within Gymnastics Ontario and the International AGG Federation.

 

She is also a very successful coach.  Marta has developed provincial and international champions in three different disciplines:  WAG, RG and AGG.

 

It should be noted that Marta was instrumental in taking the sport of rhythmic gymnastics from a performance and fitness discipline to a Canadian RG competitive sport.

 

Marta was also a member of the first group within Gymnastics Ontario endeavouring to establish rules for AGG.  In the first AGG World Championships, Marta’s team was the top Canadian team.

 

Together, in 1968, Marta and Ernest began the very first “modern gymnastics” program in the area.  Combined with an artistic and fitness program, the Lincoln Gymnastic Club operated for seven years, training out of Brock University.

 

With the assistance of parents, and under the management of Ernest Selmeczi, the first fully equipped gymnasium in the Niagara Peninsula was established.  It had two floors, one spring floor for artistic gymnastics, a deep rubber pit for vaulting, a high bar and a ballet mirror, among other apparatus.  The facility was handed over to Energy Gymnastics Club (formerly NRG) in 1991 as the Selmeczis’  focus turned to RG only.

 

In 1991 they formed the first all rhythmic sportive gymnastic club in the Niagara region – Rhythmic Waves.  In 1996 they embraced the new gymnastics program – Aesthetic Group Gymnastics.