REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(Marketwire - May 18, 2012) - Ms. Klara Kesmarky Miller, CEO Gymnastics Saskatchewan and Event Chair of 2012 Canadian Gymnastics Championships, along with Mr. Mayo Schmidt, President and Chief Executive Officer of Viterra (TSX:VT) (ASX:VTA), are pleased to officially announce the commencement of the Viterra 2012 Canadian Gymnastics Championships from May 22 - 26.
The competition, featuring the top gymnasts in Canada, will be held at the Credit Union Eventplex/ Evraz Place in Regina, and for only the second time in history, will host all four disciplines of gymnastics: Men's and Women's Artistic, Trampoline and Tumbling and Rhythmic.
"We are proud to host all four disciplines of gymnastics under one roof once again," said Ms. Miller, Event Chair. "This is a historic moment not only for the competition, but for the athletes as well."
The top Canadian gymnasts will be competing in the event, which will help define the team selected to represent Canada at the London Olympics in August. Notable athletes competing include Karen Cockburn, a three time Olympic medalist, looking for a 4th Olympic medal in London this summer, and both Anderson Loran and Jayd Lukenchuk, Saskatchewan Senior National team members and international medalists. Each will be vying for medals with other top Canadian athletes throughout the competition.
This is also the first year Viterra is the presenting sponsor of the event. "Our sponsorship of the Canadian Gymnastics Championship is a natural fit for Viterra," said Mayo Schmidt, President and CEO of Viterra. "As a leading food ingredients company, Viterra is focused on promoting healthy lifestyles among its employees and the communities in which we operate. This sponsorship reflects our commitment to Saskatchewan and our belief in the positive impact of sports, along with supporting healthy nutritional habits."
Over 1,000 athletes, coaches and officials will travel to Regina to compete for the right to be considered the best gymnasts in Canada, along with over 800 volunteers throughout the competition. "Without volunteers, great sponsors and community support events like this cannot happen," said Ms. Miller.
Day passes for the championships will be available at the door only. From Tuesday to Friday the cost is $15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors. For the finals on Saturday, the prices are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors.
To register as a volunteer, or for more information about the championship please visit www.gymnastics2012.ca.
About Gymnastics Saskatchewan
Gymnastics Saskatchewan is one of Saskatchewan's premiere sporting organizations, with more than 12,500 individual members in 70 clubs across the province. Participants range from age 1 year to adult. Children, families, teenagers and adults take part in the many programs we offer for pre-schoolers, recreational and performance gymnasts, competitive gymnasts, national team members, coaches, officials and volunteers. There is a place for everyone in the sport of gymnastics, whether it be for fun fitness and fundamental as a foundation sport, or to pursue excellence at the Olympic level. Gymnastics Saskatchewan is an association of clubs and affiliate members whose mission is to promote and guide positive, lifelong gymnastics experiences by directing the development of and delivery of quality provincial programs, promoting gymnastics as a foundation for human movement, sport, health, wellness and enjoyment, and coordinating and supporting programs in the pursuit of national and international excellence.
About Gymnastics Canada
First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada is the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics Canada works closely with the twelve Provincial Federations and the 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development to coaching and judging education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experience through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming. Gymnastics is a multi-discipline sport with two identities, one as a foundation sport and the other as a competitive sport. Gymnastics in Canada is governed by Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique (GCG), which is a federation of Provincial/Territorial members composed of 700 clubs, 200,000 individual members (400,000 to 600,000 estimated household members) 20,000 competitive gymnasts and 7,500 registered certified coaches. Gymnastics Canada's mission is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experiences through the delivery of comprehensive quality gymnastics programming, more specifically: to lead the Canadian gymnastics system; to direct High Performance programs in the pursuit of international excellence; to guide and/or to partner in the development of Gymnastics programs of a national scope at all levels. Gymnastics is recognized as one of the three foundation sports for all other sports by the International Olympic Committee and Sport Canada.
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