North Gymnastics Club Society approaches Vernon City Council over permanent venue to train – Vernon News

Gymnasts need a home

The North Gymnastics Club Society hopes the city of Vernon can help them find permanent housing.

The club had a new facility until a fire completely engulfed the building in October 2021, destroying all club equipment and leaving them with no place to train.

Competitive athletes and their coaches traveled to Kelowna several times a week to train at facilities in the central Okanagan.

The club recently secured space to rent at Whitevale Elementary School in Lumby, but are still looking for permanent accommodation.

The company hopes to partner with the city to make this goal a reality.

Society members will be at today’s regular council meeting to discuss possible locations for the club.

“It has been our goal for a few years now to occupy a fully dedicated city gymnasium facility on the grounds of Kin Race Track. Alternatively, if the Vernon Aquatic Center becomes available for renovation, we would also be interested in becoming a city tenant there,” a letter from NVGS Chairman Paul Jeffry Williamson to the council states.

The club was established in 1993 and has trained thousands of athletes for competitive and recreational activities.

“Before the COVID pandemic, our club had nearly 1,000 members registered with Gymnastics BC, our provincial governing body. As of August 31, 2021, we had nearly 800 members. From this membership, we have provided weekly programming to over 500 children,” the letter reads.

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