Glenwood Gymnastics springs back into action
When the Glenwood Springs Gymnastics Academy had to vacate the facility it had used for 21 years, coaches Rob Jones and Derrick Gregory had to find a new place to teach their students.”The big nasty hole in the ground in the middle of town, that is where our building used to be,” Jones said about the Roaring Fork School District’s expansion. “After we left, I thought about what I could do to continue teaching gymnastics to the children of the area.”So, the two took their gymnastics program on the road.Last March, Jones and Gregory started the Glenwood Mobile Gymnastics Program, taking the classes to the students.”If we were going to keep teaching it was the only option,” Jones said.
Since March, the two instructors have been traveling around from Glenwood Springs to Eagle, Carbondale and New Castle in order to continue teaching students with a little help from places who offer the program a place to practice.”We’ve been renting space in each town,” Gregory said. “We could use a few more students, but overall, the interest has remained strong in the area.”Starting in January 2007, the two will begin teaching in Gypsum as well. But, this time it won’t have to be mobile. The program will have plenty of room at the new Gypsum Community Center.”I’m totally excited,” Jones said of the new facility. “It gives us a chance to bring in new students who need extra help.”Gregory expressed his excitement for the opening of the new facility.
“We are very excited to get over there,” he said. “I think it will go quite well. The students are already there and the new facility gives us a lot more room.”The two coaches will head the gymnastics program at the new facility, but they also plan to keep the mobile program rolling, according to Gregory.”The tentative plan is for one of us to be at the Gypsum facility at all times,” Gregory said, “with someone running the mobile program as well.” The new gymnastics facility will be one of the largest in the state with around 6,500 square feet of space allocated to gymnastics. The facility will hold two of every apparatus, including practice trampolines and one 20-by-20-foot floor used for tumbling.The new center will also have an indoor pool, complete with a lazy river (a section with a slow current) and a slide, a full-sized basketball court, running and walking track upstairs, two aerobics rooms, two meeting rooms with kitchens, as well as a teen room with interactive video games that incorporate exercise into the game. There will also be weights and circuit training stations.
“Construction of the new facility is ahead of schedule,” according to Scott Ruff, manager for the Gypsum Pool and Ice Arena. Ruff will be the manager of the new community center starting in December when the facility is planned to open.”This is a way for us to help the kids be the best that they can be,” Jones said. “We’ll continue to keep it going.”Contact John Gardner: 945-8515, ext. email@example.com
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