Community-awesome and the Garden City Invitational
Sport is awesome. And the community that makes sport happen is also awesome. We see it, and we hope that everyone else sees it too.
It takes a lot to put on a gymnastics competition and the gymnastics community on Vancouver Island, and beyond, do an amazing job of it. This weekend the Garden City Invitational saw its 36th year. Congratulations to the incredible team of volunteers and supporters who made it all possible. We spoke with the chair of the event advisory, Tracy Nguyen, and she told us she was very happy with how the weekend went, “I’m very thankful for the team effort by parents and volunteers. It’s a large undertaking.”
Frances, who does the MC’ing, told us that the event is the biggest gymnastics event on the island, with teams coming from as far away as Edmonton, Alberta, and Washington state.
Mya Kendler (below) was there to support her older sister Ella who is in her fifth year of competitive gymnastics. Mya is also into gymnastics and has been helping to set up the gym and haul gear, “We were here for several hours last night, it was a long time, and we moved a lot of heavy equipment.”
Mya’s mother, Heather, told us that having a sports family is worth it, but takes a lot of planning. “Mya did a lot of heavy lifting last night,” said Heather. “She lifted more gear than I did!”
We met so many people on the weekend – more than we can mention. But here’s a few people who are in the community and who we are inspired by and who we want to thank for being supporters of gymnastics!
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