Learning part of the fun for gymnasts

Springers Gymnastics Adventure kids always looking to get better

Kiana Ralph shows off some tricks she can do on the uneven bars

Kiana Ralph shows off some tricks she can do on the uneven bars

They’re goofy and some are even a little crazy.

Games of pig in the middle and dodge ball are part of the warm-ups for competitive members of Springers Gymnastics Adventures. Coach Manuela Stegmann eventually cracks the whip on them to start running 20 laps on a rectangular mat, where they work on their skills.

While the group does like to have fun, and Stegmann allows it, they are also serious when it comes to learning the tricks of their sport.  They want to be their best when it comes time to travel to competitions.

“It was good. Really fun and I like the coaches. They are really nice and they let you try to do stuff,” said Katie Henderson, who earned silver medals in vault, bars, beam and floor events this season.

Henderson said, “I’m just happy I tried my best,” in their competitions held in Nelson and Vancouver.

During the season the gymnasts work on various techniques. Henderson now successfully performs a round out backhand spring and is currently trying to perfect an uprise.

The competitive season for the group started in September and concludes this week.

At the two competitions the club attended, Stegmann said the performances were strong.

“Everybody had so much fun and everybody placed very well,” said Stegmann. “It was encouraging.”

Adina Ralph enjoyed the season and learned how to do a round off back tuck, and uprisings.

“I’m still learning how do to do a kip,” she said. “On the (uneven) bars, you swing, put your feet on the bars and you swing back down, and curl up on your hips.”

Ralph won three gold medals (bars, floor and beam) and one silver medal in the vault event this season. Ralph has been in gymnastics for 10 years and the 12-year-old loves it because she’s able to be very active.

Darleen Stegmann, 11, also enjoyed the season but simply likes being with her friends. One skill she has spent the season working on and still attempting to master is a front and back walk over.

Just because it is the last week, doesn’t mean anyone is taking it easy. The gymnasts are eager to learn more and improve.

Stegmann said the kids will work on new skills and do fun activities.

“They learn lots of things, it’s a full body workout all the time,” said Stegmann, who will haves summer camps and prepare kids for the Peach Festival parade.

 

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Toronto Public Health nurse Lalaine Agarin makes preparations at Toronto’s mass vaccination clinic, Jan. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
3 deaths, 234 new cases of COVID-19 in Interior Health over the weekend

One death connected to outbreak at Kamloops’ Royal Inland Hospital, where 20 patients and 28 staff have tested positive

Head Brewer Kody Rosentreter, owner Wes Greve and taproom manager Lisa Deleo celebrated North Basin Brewing’s grand opening Jan. 22 and 23, 2020. (Contributed)
Osoyoos’ first microbrewery celebrates grand opening

The brewery hopes to show that the Okanagan is more than just wine country

Once complete, the Ambrosia in Keremeos will house more than 100 seniors, families and those on disability. (LSCSS photo)
Keremeos affordable housing suites coming along

Once complete, Ambrosia will house more than 100 people

Penticton Search and Rescue completed two rescues in succession of each other Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021 afternoon. (PENSAR / Facebook)
Penticton Search and Rescue members execute back-to-back rescues

PENSAR had barely completed their first rescue of the day when they received a second call

(THE NEWS – files)
Snowy days ahead for the Okanagan and Shuswap

The region could get up to 5 cm by Thursday

Crews with Discovery Channel film as an Aggressive Towing driver moves a Grumman S2F Tracker aircraft around a 90-degree turn from its compound and onto the road on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. It was the “most difficult” part of the move for the airplane, one organizer said. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
VIDEO: Vintage military plane gets towed from Chilliwack to Greater Victoria

Grumman CP-121 Tracker’s eventual home the British Columbia Aviation Museum on Vancouver Island

Heather Barker. (File)
Manslaughter charge laid in Vernon woman’s 2018 death

Shaun Ross Wiebe, 43, faces manslaughter and assault charges related to the death of Heather Barker

Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran in his Creston home. Hanging on the wall behind him is a logo of Kachin’s Manaw festival. Photo: Aaron Hemens
From Myanmar to Creston: The story of a refugee

In October 2007, Zaudanawng “Jay-Dan” Maran and his friends encountered a woman being sexually assaulted by two Myanmar soldiers.

Kamloops This Week.
48 COVID-19 cases and one death associated with outbreak at Kamloops hospital

One of the 20 patients infected has died, meanwhile 28 staff with COVID-19 are isolating at home

The City of Vernon is sending a letter to the provincial government to request that church be deemed an essential service amid the pandemic. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Vernon mayor scolded for revealing stance on making church essential

Coun. Scott Anderson calls Cummings’ actions ‘arrogant’

The scene of a serious crash on Highway 33 in Kelowna that killed one and severely injured two others on June 20, 2018. (File)
Driver found guilty of causing death, injury in 2018 Kelowna crash

Travis Ryan Hennessy will face sentencing at a later date

(Michael Rodriguez - Capital News staff)
Downtown stairwell fire suspicious, Kelowna RCMP say

Crews were called to Gotham Nightclub for a report of a stairwell fire

Rolling seven-day average of cases by B.C. health authority to Jan. 21. Fraser Health in purple, Vancouver Coastal red, Interior Health orange, Northern Health green and Vancouver Island blue. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
2nd COVID vaccine doses on hold as B.C. delivery delayed again

New COVID-19 cases slowing in Fraser Health region

Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran addresses media from the front steps of council chambers on March 23. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
Kelowna, West Kelowna still looking to opt-out of speculation tax

Mayors say spec tax has missed the mark, revenue largely coming out of Canadians’ pockets

Most Read