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Summary: Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta

Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta is the provincial governing body for rhythmic gymnastics. The Federation administers and delivers a variety of programs designed to encourage participation and develop excellence in rhythmic gymnastics. RGA members include developing, competitive and performing athletes, as well as coaches, judges, officials, administrators and supporters of the sport.

RGA funds and supports programs that help clubs and gymnasts develop to their highest level by:

  • Performing and recreational Rhythmic Gymnastics development
  • National and World Gymnaestrada travel
  • Competitive support for travel and competitions
  • Coach training and travel to events, seminars, and competitions
  • Judge training and travel to competitions
  • Program development such as the nationally recognized
  • PRISM program and mentorship program
  • Support to events and seminars of general interest to the community
  • Liaison with Alberta Sport Recreation Parks and Wildlife
  • Liaison with Gymnastics Canada Gymnastique

With excellent support for your coach's training and development, RGA ensures that clubs are able to provide gymnasts with coaching that represents the newest research results in sport science and child development.

Programs

Our clubs across the province offer several types of programming to meet the needs of their community and to provide many different ways to participate in Rhythmic Gymnastics!

1. Recreational Classes/PRISM Program

Our recreational programs focus on three principles: Fun, Fitness, and Fundamentals. Learners gain physical literacy through fundamental movements such as locomotion, balances, springs, landings and rotations that can be built upon to progress in rhythmic gymnastics and beyond! The goal of our recreation programming is to foster a lifelong love of fitness and movement through Rhythmic Gymnastics.

The PRISM recreational program was developed in Alberta and it is used both nationally and internationally. As a gymnast completes each color level, they will receive a PRISM pin to commemorate their accomplishment before moving up into a new skill set.

2. Interclub, Provincial, Regional, and National Competitive Programs

Our Interclub program is the fastest growing segment of our rhythmic community. This program provides opportunity for meaningful competition through a series of Invitational competitions throughout the year, for gymnasts who train 4 - 8 hrs a week. Gymnasts can compete both individually and/or as part of a group and are adjudicated, rather than ranked, by a panel of judges particularly suited to this level of competition. The Interclub program endeavours to provide opportunity for athletes and families to enjoy the competitive experience with a reduce time and financial commitment.

Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD)


What is it?

In Canada, experts have identified 7 distinct stages of the development of an athlete over the course of a lifetime. These 7 stages make up what we call the Long Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model and they outline the ideal levels of training and competition for athletes at different ages and stages, to thoroughly enjoy sports, perform at their best and prevent injury. LTAD promotes the concept that in order to increase activity and sports enrollment, skills and abilities need to be matched to the correct developmental stages or there can negative consequences, such as:

  • Not having fun in sports
  • Poor skill development
  • Injury
  • Low Self Esteem
  • Burning out and leaving the sport or sports in general

Rhythmic Gymnastics Alberta believes that the Long Term Athlete model is a principle component of Safe Sport, in regards to the health and well-being of our athletes. As Rhythmic Gymnastics is considered an ‘early specialization sport’, meaning athletes are often entering the different stages of LTAD at the earliest possible age, it is doubly important that parents, coaches, athletes and administrators fully understand the principles of LTAD to protect and foster the health of our participants, both in the short and the long term.

Here are some excellent resources for more information and be sure to search “Long-Term Athlete Development” to view LTAD plans from multiple sports, nation-wide.

Resources:

  • https://www.coach.ca/files/CAC_7516A_11_LTAD_English_Brochure_FINAL.pdf
  • http://sportforlife.ca/parents/
  • https://www.nsca.com/LTAD_introduction_for_parents/

Office Staff

Jennifer Rochford - Executive Director

Jennifer joined RGA in 2015 as Member Services Coordinator. She grew up a ballet dance and figure skater but she fell in love with Rhythmic Gymnastics when her daughters began recreation classes at Parkland Rhythmic Gymnastics, 5 years ago. Since then, Jennifer has become a Level 3 trained Rhythmic Gymnastics Coach, a Foundations trained Artistic coach and she continues to teach ballet at Limelight Rhythmics in Leduc, Alberta, a club which she coached at for 3 years. Her passion for the health and wellbeing of the athletes in her care, has led her to the Executive Director role at RGA, where she is determined to make Alberta a leader in Safe Sport, grassroots growth, and athletic excellence.

Get to know Jennifer

1) What “lesson from Mom” do you still live by today?

My Mom had a lifelong dream to attend University and in her late 30’s, she took her very first class with a husband, two toddlers and a busy competitive athlete at home. She went on, over the course of many years, to obtain TWO degrees and she demonstrated to me that it’s never too late to pursue what is important to you AND that there is never a good time to start...just start tomorrow and you’ll figure it out as you go!

2) Do you have pets at home?

Yes - Leila the Shih Tzu. She is small and white with black spots and she is the boss of all of us. She is well aware of this, mostly because we sing her songs about her beauty and intelligence and her bravery in protecting us. We love her very much and she tolerates us very much, right back.

3) What is the most unusual place you’ve been?

Copenhagen, Denmark - Very different than anywhere I had been before. Stunning city with very old AND very cutting edge architecture but the most unusual thing of all was the Danish way of life - very different from how we live in North America...learned all about being HYGGE!

Kelly Mills - Member Services Coordinator

Kelly joined RGA in the summer of 2018 and has passion for planning events and keeping things organized and running smoothly around the office. She is is a multi-sport athlete and along with being a Foundations Level Rhythmic coach, she is also a black-belt in Taekwondo and Provincial Mixed Martial Arts champ. Kelly also has a degree in Chemistry and is working towards her Masters when she is not running Camp RG, coaching at Elena’s RG Club, heading to Austria for her second World Gymnaestrada or doing battle with Jennifer’s printer.

Get to know Kelly

1) What “lesson from Mom” do you still live by today?

That it’s ok for your path to change and try things that don’t work. The important part is trying something and finding what makes you happy.

2) Do you have a pet?

Yes! Two dogs - an Australian Shepherd x Blue Heeler named Yogi, who answers to Bubba and loves candy - fuzzy peaches are her favorite. I also have n Amstaff named Callie, who also answers to Monkey. She enjoys bananas. Both are active and full of personality.

2) What’s the most unusual place you’ve ever visited?

Vulcan, Alberta. Went down there on the motorbike with my father just to see the Star Trek Capital of Canada. Was a blast and took pictures with Spock! I’m secretly very nerdy.

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Contact the RGA Office for questions and inquiries about Rhythmic Gymnastics in Alberta.