High Performance & Elite Gymnastics

Competitive Programs

B.C. and Canadian Provincial Pathway

The Canadian Provincial Pathway was developed by Gymnastics Canada for all Canadian gymnasts not competing at the Elite level. As a multi-level program, it promotes mass participation and the safe development of the athletes.

It is a competitive program with six progressive and logical stages to choose from which support smooth transition from one level to the next.  The provincial pathway is a modification of the FIG Junior rules and therefore, all junior rules apply.

Gymnastics BC is currently using only the Provincial Level 3 – 5 and National Open categories from the GCG Provincial Pathways document.  For Provincial Levels 1 + 2, Gymnastics BC is using the FIG Age Group Compulsory routines found in the link below.

For all categories, an athlete’s age is determined by their birth year subtracted from the competition year.  I.E.: Athletes born on January 1 and December 31 of the same calendar year are considered the same age, independent of when the competition takes place. 

Canadian Elite Pathway

The Canadian Elite Pathway was developed by Gymnastics Canada for all Canadian gymnasts not competing at the Provincial level. Its goal is to prepare Age Group gymnasts to successfully compete at the Senior International level.

It is a competitive program with five categories of competition beginning with Elite Level 3 and progressing to Senior.

For all categories, an athlete’s age is determined by their birth year subtracted from the competition year.  I.E.: Athletes born on January 1 and December 31 of the same calendar year are considered the same age, independent of when the competition takes place. 

BC High Performance Pathway

The Gymnastics BC High Performance Pathway is the name given to our provincial talent development program. It refers to the section of the sport which is devoted to the pursuit of excellence and achievement of medals at the highest national and international level.

The goal of the program is to identify and support athletes and coaches who aim for national and international excellence in their chosen discipline. Funding for the program is provided by GBC and viaSport.

The High Performance Pathway program focuses on the development of gymnasts through increased training opportunities and professional development for coaches. It is very specific to the needs of the discipline while ultimately focusing on developing High Performance gymnasts on their journey to Canadian and international success.

The program caters to the 3 Olympic disciplines:

  • Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
  • Trampoline

The High Performance Pathway continually strives to work towards the following goals:

  • Further support athletes who have reached the Elite level
  • Increase talent development opportunities for young gymnasts to allow for ongoing monitoring of development
  • Sustain the number of the exceptionally talented gymnasts entering the higher competitive levels
  • Facilitate the transfer of the gymnasts into the Elite Pathway
  • Support coaches in their role of nurturing talented athletes and future champions
  • Further develop the technical expertise of coaching across BC, sharing current and innovative practices
  • Broaden the quality of the talent pool by reaching out to gymnasts and coaches who want to learn

Targeted list of athletes and coaches

The targeted list includes all athletes who have met the qualification standards in the previous year as written in each discipline’s Policies and Procedures manual. The list is updated in August and is valid from September 1 to August 31. The list is submitted to viaSport and to the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific (CSI-P).

Once the athletes and coaches have been identified, they can register with the Canadian Sport Institute Pacific and be eligible to receive additional services from the CSI office closest to their home.

 

 

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