been less than a year since the TRYumph Gymnastics Academy
opened its doors next to Cosmic Adventures on Ogilvie Road.
In that short period of time, they have produced some eyebrow-raising
results including three top 10 results at the recent provincial
championships in Amhertsberg.
was the brainchild of partners in life, Alina Florea and
Paul ApSimon. Florea is a former Romanian gymnast who coached
in Romania from 1993-1999. Florea is a former coach of Olympic
gold medalist Andrea Raducan. ApSimon is the current head
coach of he Canadian women’s foil team. Together, they launched
the TRYumph Gymnastics Academy on July 16, 2018.
Gymnastics co-owner and head coach Alina Florea is surrounded
by some of her students at the Ogilvie Road gym. FRED
has both recreational and competitive gymnastics programs
as well as a trampoline and tumbling program, a fencing
program and a program for budding ninjas.
teach their members, the academy employs three full-time
and eight part-time coaches.
gymnastics program starts with Gigglenastics for infants
up to 18 months of age. The program aids in the development
of their balance and motor skills through stimulus recognition
and response activities with the assistance of a caregiver.
pre-recreation programs include parent and tot session for
toddlers from 18 months to three-and-a-half years old and
a Kinder Gym program for kids from three and a half to five-and-a-half
and boys recreation program follows a multi-level system
that runs from beginner to advance. There are also recreation
programs for teens and adults.
and trampoline program is also taught at the recreational
level for kids six years and over at three different levels
program enhances balance, co-ordination and agility while
developing posture and confident body movement. It’s a great
class for kids who want to share the thrill of performing
balances, flips and twists with their friends.
the most exciting program at the TRYumph Academy is their
Ninja program which combines elements of both gymnastics
and parkour with an obstacle course – American Ninja Warrior
style. The program already has more than 100 members and
is growing every day.
but by no means least, the Academy has a fencing program
led by ApSimon himself who is a former national team member
and 3 time Olympic coach. There are currently 30 members
in the fencing program, which starts at the introductory
level and moves up through the Canadian Fencing Federation
people who are on the fence about fencing (no pun intended)
or gymnastics, the Academy will be running a series of summer
camps this year for both disciplines as well as the Ninja
Zone. You can check out the various options by visiting
their website at www.tryumphgymnastics.ca.
story was made possible thanks to the generous support of
our local business partners.)