Local gymnastic club offering programs for everyone

first_imgAlong with these three programs, the club also offers drop in classes, where anyone interested in participating is welcome to attend, work out with the coaches and use any of the gym’s equipment. This drop in class is not only for gymnasts; a group of snowboarders use the facility to train while there is a lack of snow on the ground.Erin Hipkiss, the club’s Recreational Coordinator, says with all the exciting programs the club’s popularity has been growing substantially. She attributes its growing attraction to a very successful summer program, which has carried over into this year.Hipkiss also spoke about the future plans for the gymnastic program, which look very promising as the club will be getting a new coach from Russia, Andrey Bekov, who has an impressive history in the sport, and currently is training some of the Junior National team.She says all of these unique experiences offered through the club are its way of “redefining what happens in the building.”Advertisement This year, the facility is offering a wide array of programs designed to cater to all levels of gymnasts, as well as all demographics interested in physical activity.Aside from regular gymnastic lessons, some of the programs offered through the club include Gymnaestrada, a combination of gymnastics and dance.Another popular choice the club’s boot camps, hour long training sessions where participants take part in a variety of exercises using the gymnastic equipment, designed for cardio, weight loss and strength training, but delivered in a fun and exciting atmosphere.- Advertisement -Currently, the club is in its third week of its boot camp program, which runs until Dec. 17 and starts up again after the New Year. The program runs Tuesdays and Thursday from 9-10 a.m. and costs $220 for the full four months. Anyone interested is encouraged to come try the program. The club is offering a first free class to get a taste of what is involved.The facility also offers a day care program for class participants, where children are supervised in a room with some of the club’s coaches.The program now offers a unique, new program called Parkour, an activity where the participant uses speed and gymnastics to creatively manoeuvre through their environment. The sport has become increasingly popular over the past few years, and is even being considered being added as an event at the X-Games.Advertisementlast_img read more

Jammu and Kashmir pacer gets NOC for England visa after CM’s intervention

first_imgJammu and Kashmir fast bowler Mehjoor Ali Sofi has been issued the No Objection Certificate (NOC) needed to get a visa to play in county cricket in England following intervention from the state chief minister Mehbooba Mufti.The 25-year-old was earlier denied the NOC by Iqbal Shah, general secretary, Jammu and Kashmir Cricket Association (JKCA), on May 3 because of alleged internal politics in the state board.However, the budding player was issued the document on Saturday after the CM’s intervention.An official in the Chief Minister’s Office (CMO) said the personal intervention of Mufti led to the cricketer getting the document.”As soon as the chief minister came to know about it, she intervened in the matter and ensured that Sofi is not denied an opportunity to further his career in England,” the official said.He said that the chief minister was keen that the cricketer should play in county cricket and made sure he got the necessary document.”She asked us to help and support Sofi in every possible way to make him realise his dream,” the official said.”I got the NOC from JKCA after chief minister Mehbooba Mufti personally intervened in the matter,” Sofi told PTI in Srinagar.The cricketer, who has represented Jammu and Kashmir in one Ranji Trophy, four List A and five T20 matches, said that he was called by the CMO for a meeting on Saturday at her residence in Gupkar area in Srinagar.”I went there and met her staff. I gave them a full account of what had happened, after which they called up JKCA president and state sports minister Imran Reza Ansari. The JKCA president told me to get the letter from the JKCA office.advertisement”I reached the JKCA office along with the chief minister’s personal assistant who asked the general secretary to issue the NOC without delay, which he did,” Sofi said.He said that after receiving the NOC, he had a meeting with the chief minister, who also issued a visa recommendation letter addressed to the British High Commission in New Delhi.”The Chief Minister assured me of all help,” Sofi said.The cricketer was invited by chairman of Easton Tigers Cricket Club to play as an overseas amateur player during the 2016 English season commencing on Sunday. It will go on until September 4.Sofi said the chief minister told him that the government would help talented youngsters in the state.”She told me that her government stands for extending help to the youth in achieving their dream. She also issued a recommendation letter addressed to the High Commission for my visa,” the pacer said.Sofi would leave for Delhi on Monday.(With PTI inputs)last_img read more