Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Competitive Program
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) is a challenging sport demanding strength, flexibility, power, agility, courage and a combination of technical precision and artistic originality. WAG is comprised of 4 events: vault, bars, beam and floor. Much time is also spent developing the physical abilities and artistic qualities needed to perform on these events.
Pre-Team: 3 hours/week, 10-month Program
Wonder Women (ages 4-5): Wonder Women is designed to accelerate learning and provide a greater challenge for young athletes aged 4-5 years old. . At this stage of development, a lot of focus is placed on laying down strong foundations for the proper execution of basic skills, including the developmental of the physical attributes necessary for future Competitive Gymnastics, such as strength, flexibility and proper body alignment.
Excel (ages 6-8): Excel is designed to accelerate learning and provide a greater challenge for athletes aged 6-8 years old. At this stage of development, a lot of focus is placed on laying down strong foundations for the proper execution of basic skills, including the developmental of the physical attributes necessary for future Competitive Gymnastics, such as strength, flexibility and proper body alignment.
Developmental Program (Ages 5-9): 6-13 hours/week, 11 Month Program
Our Developmental Program consists of athletes aged 5-9 years old, training between 5 and 13 hours per week. At this stage of development, a lot of focus is placed on laying down strong foundations and developing the physical abilities needed for the proper execution of basic skills. Spatial awareness, coordination and muscle memory of important movement patterns are also being established at this level. During their time in the Developmental Program, athletes are given the opportunity to attend some competitions, however most emphasis is placed on long-term athlete development.
Competitive Program (Ages 8-18): 6-25 hours per week – 12 Month Program
Our Competitive Program consists of athletes aged 8-18 years old who are committed to the sport of gymnastics and the hard work, commitment and discipline required to participate at the Competitive Level.
“As of July 1, 2015 Canada has adopted the JO Program developed in the USA for use in the Provinces and Territories. The Junior Olympic Program was developed with the belief that all athletes, regardless of their potential, must have a solid foundation of basic skills in order to advance safely. The Program is designed to allow the gymnast to advance at her own pace.” – Gymnastic Canada
JO Levels 1-3 – 6-9 Hours per Week
Compulsory levels designed to develop a strong foundation of basic skills. Athletes in this level receive the opportunity to compete in and around the Calgary area throughout the season, as well as sometimes travelling farther within Alberta and into British Columbia. In this level, athletes receive a balanced focus between competition preparation and long-term development.
JO Levels 4-5- 12-18 Hours per Week
Compulsory levels progressive in nature, building off the foundations laid in the Developmental or JO 1-3 Program. At this stage, athletes are working on skills for the competition season, as well as focusing on long-term development, including an emphasis on physical preparation. During these levels, athletes are introduced to more complex skill progression, while having the opportunity to compete throughout Alberta and occasionally outside of the Province.
JO Levels 6-7: 12-20 Hours per Week and JO Levels 8-10, Aspire and High Performance (20-25 hours per week)
Optional levels progressive in nature, focused on developing complex and advanced technical skills while maintaining a high level of physical fitness. During this stage of development, a lot of focus is placed on competition preparation. In JO levels 6 and 7 athletes have the opportunity to compete inside and outside of Alberta, with opportunities to compete at Provincial Championships, and on the team to Alberta Winter Games. As athletes move into JO levels 8-10, Aspire or High Performance, more discipline and commitment are required as the complexity of the sport increases. At this level, athletes have the opportunity to qualify to Team Alberta to compete at Western Canadian Championships and National Championships (JO 9 age 11-13, JO 10 and High Performance).
Head Coach: Wynand Pretorius
Developmental Coordinator: Victoria Samide
Provincial Coordinator: Stephanie Floyd
Developmental and Competitive Coaches:
Sarah Porter, Valeriya Volkova, Emma Bragg, Sam Floyd, Charleigha Gagnon, Melissa Witzaney, Stephanie Ott