The Rosetown Gymnastics Club held their annual invitational meet this past weekend. The event, held at the Civic Centre in town, welcomes in other clubs from all over the region.
Fern Dyer with the Rosetown Gymnastics Club said they had an amazing weekend of fun competition. The two days have a different level of competition but both are meant to be a fun time for the gymnasts.
"Saturday is recreational gymnastics, it's what we call a fun meet. There's not many places that hold a meet for recreational gymnasts, so we get really good attendance for it," Dyer explained. "Sunday is called pre-competitive so it's the kids that are getting ready for the competitive end, getting them used to performing in front an audience and judges, but the athletes are not ranked."
There were around 130 kids for the Saturday event, which is typical according to Dyer. They have competitors from as young as 5 years old up to 15 years old.
Medals are awarded based on each gymnast's score for the Sunday events. However, Dyer noted they don't rank the kids against each other, "Everyone goes home with a bronze, silver or gold, wherever they placed."
Gymnasts come to the event from all over the region, including Swift Current, Kindersley, Luseland, Prince Albert, Saskatoon and Outlook. The event has been running since 2007.
Dyer said they dedicated this year's event in memory of a former Rosetown gymnast, "Our meet was held in memory of Kael because she was one of our pre-competitive athletes. This year, instead of charging admission, we had admission by donation and raised $1,500. We also had a few judges donated their honorarium back."
The money raised from the weekend will be donated to the Gasper Family Memorial Spray Park, which will be built in Rosetown. Kael Gasper was involved in a fatal crash in June 2018, where the family of five passed away.
Dyer said overall, she was happy with the event, "It was a successful weekend, we want to thank everyone who came out to watch and cheer on our gymnasts."