Gymnastics teaches the ABC’S of athleticism:
There are no natural born athletes. All children need to acquire the physical skills to participate with confidence in any physical activity. If we give children the opportunity to do the right physical activities at the right time in their development, more of them will enjoy getting active and most will stay active.
Just as children need to be taught how to read and to write, they need to be taught how to run, jump and throw. It is called physical literacy. Movement is a child’s first language. Without learning the basic movement skills before adolescent growth, a child will have difficulty participating in any sport. The basic movement skills of athletics (running), swimming and gymnastics provide the base for all other sports.
That’s why we believe “Sport Starts Here”…
Don’t take our word for it, check out the wonderful resources provided by the Canadian Sport For Life Movement which was started in 2005 with funding from Sport Canada. Other related information and ideas can be found on the Active For Life website.
Science, research and decades of experience all point to the same thing: kids will get active, stay active, and even reach the greatest heights of sport achievement if they do the right things at the right time. The Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model that was developed by the leaders of the Canadian Sport for Life Movement describes the things kids need to be doing at specific ages and stages in their development.
Gymnastics Canada, together with Gymnastics Ontario and the other provincial gymnastics federations customized the LTAD model to the sport of gymnastics.
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