Glacier Peaks finds a new home

Gymnastics club enjoys the culmination of a year long search to find the perfect location

Things have changed for Glacier Peaks Gymnastics in the past couple of years and instead of having two separate locations, the organization has finally been able to find a singular location to call home.

For the past year, the organization has been on the lookout for a new facility that would accommodate all of its storage needs, in conjunction with a very specific set of ceiling height requirements for trampoline and bar work, according to head coach Alyssa Chaykowski.

After splitting a significant amount of time between Radium Hot Springs and Invermere, the team found the perfect spot, located close to Wilmer.

The space will be able to accommodate all of Glacier Peaks’ programming needs and ceiling requirements as well as being able to store all of its equipment.

Glacier Peaks was founded approximately five years ago and operated its first year out of the large white quonset hut on Highway 93/95 north of Invermere. From there it moved to Radium, where it remained primarily as a gymanstics club, before it added a second location in Invermere and split to include trampoline and tumbling, and gymnastics. Then three weeks ago, the club moved to the new location, where it’s back to business as usual. The club is continuing to grow with close to 200 athletes in its roster.

When the Pioneer met up with the group at the new location, it was easy to see that everyone was enjoying the new space as athletes decked out in spiffy leotards tumbled, leapt, and balanced on beams to their heart’s content while honing their individual skill sets.

“It gives the kids a really good opportunity…we were getting a little restricted because of the height of our old location and now the athletes can acquire the higher level skills they’re aiming for and it has helped the parents with a little bit of the driving,” said Glacier Peaks Society President Melanie Irwin. “We were also able to move the trampoline and the kids absolutely love the trampoline so it’s a big deal for them.”

Another favourable aspect of the move is that the improved location will help facilitate the growth and continued expansion of Glacier Peaks, while it continues to train and mentor young athletes with programs like Coach in Training (CIT) that feeds members into gradual leadership positions within the club.

“We offer a variety of programs and because of our new location we are able to host the Free Ride Club from Panorama and Parkour . . . that involves running and the use of floor space,” said Ms. Chaykowski. “We’ve had the space for two weeks and we’ve had really good feedback from our members — we’ve been able to hang ropes, install wall bars, and we’ve had lots of space to run.”

A special thanks on behalf of the club to Doug Burland for all of his help on making the move a reality and to all of the volunteers, parents, and kids as well as the businesses Taynton Bay Electrical Ltd and Pharmasave for their contributions. For more information on Glacier Peaks’ exciting new location at 9458 Westside Road, Invermere, or to learn more about its programs visit www.glacierpeaksgymnastics.com.

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