About BC Gymnaestrada
The BC Gymnaestrada is held annually each spring and is the largest recreational gymnastics event in British Columbia. Gymnaestrada is a unique form of participation in gymnastics by anyone of any age or skill level. It’s main focus is on mass participation and performance in gymnastics.
The goals of Gymnaestrada are to promote and encourage the growth of Gymnastics for All, inspire and encourage joy in exercise and to demonstrate the development of the participants.
Offering workshops, performance opportunities and fun, it is a two or three-day event attended by 500 or more participants from throughout B.C. Additionally, groups from other provinces have been known to participate in this special event.
The 2020 and 2021 BC Gymnaestrada events were cancelled due to COVID-19.
We hope to host the 2022 event – please stay tuned for more details.
The BC Gymnaestrada offers a unique opportunity for full member clubs to be actively involved in planning and coordinating this weekend event. In addition to helping grow and enhance the event, the BC Gymnaestrada may benefit your club by:
- Raising your profile amongst gymnastics providers;
- Showcasing your club and community;
- Establishing a collaborative relationship with Gymnastics BC; and
- Raising funds for your club.
New ideas and initiatives are encouraged to continue to expand the scope of the BC Gymnaestrada. Hosting is a 50/50 format; Gymnastics BC manages the organization of the BC Gymnaestrada in conjunction with the club host. In order to plan and execute a successful BC Gymnaestrada, host clubs should be:
- Highly organized and cooperative;
- Willing to collaborate with Gymnastics BC;
- Able to dedicate 10-11 months of planning leading up to the event;
- Child focused;
- Passionate about recreational gymnastics and the Gymnastics For All philosophy; and
- Able to assemble and manage a team of parent and/or community volunteers and committee members.
In addition to performance opportunities at club and community events, Gymnastics BC hosts an annual BC Gymnaestrada each spring.
In partnership with a member club, the BC Gymnaestrada is the largest recreational gymnastics event in the province.
During the weekend, gymnasts participate in exciting workshops and perform their routines for their family, friends and community.
There are also Western, Canadian and World Gymnaestradas held every four years.
In B.C., participants must be six years old by December 31 of the current season to participate in Gymnaestrada.
Gymnaestrada participants with GBC member clubs must be registered as individual participants with Gymnastics BC. They may be registered as recreational, Interclub or competitive athletes.
How to set up a Gymnaestrada program