Saltos gymnasts flipping over new training digs

Dave Kearsey
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CORNER  BROOK  Finding an adequate facility to allow local gymnasts to train in a safe environment has been on the bucket list for Saltos for a number of years now.

It appears the local club is heading in the right direction.

Saltos Gymnastics Club announced Wednesday night that the group is moving into the Pepsi Studio next weekend. The move is deemed an immediate but temporary solution to the group’s concern over the inadequate space and ventilation issues the former Saltos facility on Wellington Street presented to the athletes and coaches.

“This is an immediate solution to an ongoing problem we’ve been having,” Saltos president Denise May said Thursday morning.

It looked like Saltos would have its own facility built on Wellington Street, but that plan eventually got scrapped along the journey and Saltos ended up making a presentation to the new council back in October to share its concerns over the small square footage and low ceilings in a building where mold was discovered only last month.

May wasn’t sure what would happen at the meeting because the focus with the former council was solely about construction of a new facility in the existing property on Wellington.

“What we’re looking for is a dedicated and adequate space,” she said.

While she still hasn’t got any details about the allocation of space at the Pepsi Studio, May figures Saltos will take up one-third of the space available for programs and the deal will see the space dedicated to the club until September. What happens after that she can’t predict, but knows there will be a number of conversations about the options available to the club.

Either way, life has gotten better for everybody, she believes.

“It’s fantastic from our perspective because we got the high ceilings and it’s one space,” she said.

She only had to see the reaction of head coach Erin Brady to the news to realize it’s positive news for competitive gymnasts in the area.

“She’s over the moon up there,” she said, noting everybody involved with the club is smiling over the development.

“She’s been making due and trying to modify everything she knows to fit the space,” she said of her dedicated coach. “The kids can’t even swing around without smacking their feet on the ceiling so she’s just so happy.”

May admits she’s Ok with the reality a stand alone facility for the club may not materialize, but she’ll have her finger on the pulse to ensure the athletes have a facility that will allow them to feel good about and help them with their development.

“Will there be a brand new building for us? Probably not. But, we’re hoping there will be a solution that will not only meet our needs, but other user groups in the city.”

Organizations: Pepsi Studio, Gymnastics Club

Geographic location: Wellington Street

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