The WAG Aspire Camps Program is a component of the Canadian WAG system for the long term elite development of our upcoming athletes and coaches. The program first began in 2014 and will be further developed in the next quadrennial from 2016-2020.
These camps focus on specific technical development for basics leading towards more advanced skills on all events, along with sessions related to physical development, psychology, injury prevention, nutrition, artistic development and coach technical sessions. Gymnastics Canada identifies expert coaches who are assigned at each apparatus, and where possible will be consistent from camp to camp. Though technical development of the athletes is one of the goals of the Aspire camp program, the camps are also meant to be coach centric. Developing athlete AND coach competencies will enhance the daily training environment in the gyms across Canada, which is essential to long term development.
Coaches are expected to attend all sessions outlined in the schedule. Simultaneously activities will be planned for athletes with supervision which will allow all coaches to attend any mandatory sessions that are coach only.
WHO ARE THESE CAMPS FOR?
The Aspire camps target young female gymnasts who are identified as talented athletes who could enter into the pool for 2024 and beyond. The camps are open to participation for girls competing in the Aspire One and Two programs, Novice and first year JO 9 categories – Aged 8-12 years old along with their coach.
Application to attend an Aspire Camp is through a video submission as per the guidelines set out in the application. Each camp accommodates approximately 32-36 gymnasts. In addition to the Video Application process, some athletes may be identified through other activities and be invited to attend by the NTD or JRYNT Coach.
The Aspire camps take place three to four times per year across Canada. They will be 2-4 days in length and will feature one-two sessions per day in the gym as well as coach and athlete sessions during the day.
Aspire Camp 1 - May 3-4, 2016 - Coquitlam, BC
Aspire Camp 2 - August 10-14, 2016 - Edmonton, AB
Aspire Camp 3 - November 17-21, 2016 - Montreal, QC
Gymnix Aspire Camp 4 - March 8-9, 2017 - Montreal, QC
DOCUMENTS IN EFFECT:
For the technical documents please visit our documents page.