Gymnastics Canada Announces Markham Pan Am Centre as New National Team Training Centre for Rhythmic Gymnastics
OTTAWA, ON – September 15, 2019 – Gymnastics Canada is pleased to announce a new partnership with the Markham Pan Am Centre that will see their world-class sport complex become the official training centre for our rhythmic gymnastics national team athletes and coaches.
The Markham Pan Am Centre offers space to train elite athletes, as well as house regional, national, and international sporting events. Significant space within the facility will be dedicated for Gymnastics Canada’s high-performance individual and group rhythmic gymnasts to train, and will be fully equipped with appropriate flooring, as well as other equipment useful for training.
“We are very grateful for this opportunity to work with the City of Markham on a customized training environment for our rhythmic athletes,” said Ian Moss, CEO of Gymnastics Canada. “It is important that the legacy of the 2015 Pan Am/Parapan Am Games in Markham continue, and that we can contribute to this facility’s legacy with the creation of this permanent high- performance training centre for rhythmic gymnastics.”
“Markham is home to many great and accomplished athletes. We are a global sports destination and we are proud to welcome Gymnastics Canada to the Markham Pan Am Centre, which is a world-class facility hosting countless international and national championships,” said Markham Mayor Frank Scarpitti. “This is an exciting new partnership where we will nurture and grow the next generation of talented athletes.”
The announcement of this new partnership was unveiled today at the Markham Pan Am Centre by Ian Moss, as part of the City’s Markham Sports Day celebrations – an annual signature sporting event that builds community, celebrates the power of sport, and strengthens our national spirit while facilitating healthy, active living.
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About Gymnastics Canada: First established in 1969, Gymnastics Canada has been supporting the mastery of movement in Canada for five decades as the national governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Canada. We work closely with the twelve provincial federations and 700 local clubs to provide a broad range of programs and services to meet the needs of all participants. From athlete development, to coach and judge education, Gymnastics Canada sets the operating standards and practices for the sport in Canada. Our mandate is to promote and provide positive and diverse gymnastics experiences through the delivery of quality and safe gymnastics programming. Visit www.gymcan.org for more information, or follow us @gymcan1. From here, we soar.
About Markham: Markham, an award-winning municipality with over 355,000 residents and the largest of nine communities in York Region, is home to over 400 corporate head offices and more than 1,500 high tech and life science companies. Markham is a leader in attracting foreign direct investment with more than 210 foreign companies located in the City. Founded in the 1790s, today Markham is Canada’s most diverse community and enjoys a rich heritage, outstanding community planning and services, and a vibrant local economy. Markham has received the Excellence Canada Gold Award for Organizational Quality & Healthy Workplace, and multiple heritage and environmental awards.
About Markham Pan Am Centre: Sport Development in the City of Markham, focuses in six key components: Athlete Development, Coaches Development, Officials Development, Physical Literacy, Sport System Sustainability, and Sport Tourism. The vision for Sport Strategy is to nurture and grow our community sport network and raise the profile of Markham through sport tourism. The Markham Sport Development Unit acknowledges the important role that Community Sport Groups play in building a strong “Markham” sporting culture and promoting Excellence in Sport from childhood and beyond.