Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - February 10, 1975, Lethbridge, Alberta
16 THE LETHBRIDGE HERALD Monday, February 10, 1975 Gymnasts unwind Wednesday Poetry in motion Grace, beauty, strength and agility. A good gymnast is poetry in motion, and Southern Alberta residents can ex- pect to see some fine, poetry during three days of gymnastics competitions GYMNASTICS events held al Exhibition Pavilion) Tuesday, Feb. 11 9 a.m.-4 will be assigned to a three-hour Exhibition Pavilion. Games Opening Ceremonies Officials, coaches, judges-personnel-meetings. Wednesday, Feb. 12 8-9 arrive. 9-12 practice. 1 Ceremonies. SESSION A BEGINS floor exercise. vaulting. pommel horse. uneven bars. Thursday, Feb. 13 8 9-12 SESSION B BEGINS SESSION C BEGINS 7-11 parallel 7-11 balance horizontal floor ol team awards and all-round Friday, Feb. 14 8 9 EVENT FINALS START 7-9 floor J-9 pommel 7-9 7-9 7-9 uneven 9 of event final parallel balance beam. 60 floor of event final at the Canada Winter Games. Gymnasts in six men's and four women's events are scheduled to arrive in Lethbridge February 10 and, after one open day for practice, will take to the bars, rings, and .mats in search of medals. Up to 144 competitors may be participating, although complete teams are not expected from all areas. Alberta is represented by a full complement of six men and six women. The age limit is 21 for men, and 18 for women, as of September 1 last year. Two Calgary men coach the Alberta teams. Shiro Tanaka is the men's coach, while Robert McLusky will be giving pointers to the women. The manager is Jean Jarrell. All events are set for the Exhibition Pavilion with competitions getting un- derway on Wednesday, February 12 at 2 p.m. The events continue all day Wednesday and Thur- sday. Then, on Friday, the Pavilion has been reserved for practice from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. That will give the top six gymnasts in each event time to polish up a few details before the finals begin at 7 p.m. The men will compete in rings, vaulting, parallel and horizontal bars, pommel horse, and floor exercise. Women's events Winter Games at the University of Lethbridge BADMINTON February 12th to 17th BASKETBALL February 12th to 15th VOLLEYBALL February 17th to 21st ALL EVENTS IN THE UNIVERSITY OF LETHBRIDGE GYM Free Parking are vaulting, uneven bars, balance beam and floor ex- ercise. The athletes appearing in Lethbridge won't tantalize spectators with the grace of an 0lga Korbut, but the sport has come a long way in Canada since it was first introduced to the country in 1824. The twentieth century, and particularly the last 10 years, has been marked by an increasing awareness of the need for physical exer- cise and recreation. Around 1900, regular physical education programs began to develop in the .universities, the public and private schools and in the YMCA and YWCA organizations. At that time, physical education was considered synonymous -with gym- nastics, so the sport began to increase rapidly in pop- ularity. This was evidenc- ed by the staging of com- petitions at the Univer- sities of Toronto and McGill, and at the YMCA's. However, it was not until the 1920's that provincial and national competitions began in Canada. The first Canadian Gymnastic Championship was held at the Canadian National Ex- hibition in Toronto in 1923. contested there were the horizontal bar, parallel bars, side horse, flying rings, and mats, and .women were not included in the competitions. In fact, the fair sex was not involved in the national championships until 1954. -Lou Stevert was the first Canadian to represent his country in international competition. He went to the 1904 Olympics where he placed twelfth in the all i round. 1 Then, selected school boys teams from Montreal i demonstrated Canada's j growing prowess in the i sport by emerging vie- torious at the International Sporting Congress events in Rome in 1908, "and again at the World Cham- pionships at Nancy, France in 1911. But, partly due to a lack of spectator interest and the disappearance of amateur clubs beyond the school and elementary level, it was ta_ne almost half a century before Canada again was represented inter- nationally. Since 1950, however, the sport has made an abrupt turnaround in Canada, and interest and participation in the sport have grown rapidly. With a large increase in the number of gymnastics programs in the educational system right up to the university level, the Canadian public has gradually come to recognize and appreciate the sport. Games concept The Canada Games winter and summer are new, but the concept is old. It dates back half a century to 1924. In that year the vision of a "Canadian 'Olympics" was introduced by Norton Crowe at the annual meeting of the Amateur Athletic Union of Canada. His resolution from the floor fostering such a dream was adopted unanimously. But it was not until the first Canada Winter Games in Quebec City in 1967 that the dream became reality. Though events of far more serious im- port intervened for almost 40 years, Norton Crowe's vision was kept alive and periodically revived by such organizations as the Canadian Sports Advisory Council, its successor, the Canadian Amateur Sports Federation, and the National Ad- visory Council on Fitness and Amateur Sport. In 1962 and again in 1963, events had progressed to a point where federal grants were approved for the CASF to study the feasibility of holding national amateur "games." The result was the federation's formula to stage dual Canada Games winter and summer In alter- nating four year cycles. Centennial Year, 1967, was Canada's greatest effort at national merrymaking. It was also a great year for amateur sport. In Quebec City, athletes from every Canadian province and territory took part in the first Canadian Winter Games and epitomized the philosophy now apparent in Saskatoon: "Unity through Next came Halifax in 1969, and the first edition of the Summer Games. Norton Crowe is dead, but his vision lives on.