Recreation Fun For Everyone: Palatine Gymnastics

Recreation Fun For Everyone: Palatine Gymnastics


– [Announcer] Our show now continues… (uplifting music) – In 1976, I was a pool
attendant with the park district, and the current coordinator
that was in charge of the pools came to me and said, “Hey, we’re starting a gymnastics program. “You’re a gymnast, how ’bout
you come and teach for us?” I’m like, “sure, okay.”. (uplifting music) I grew up doing gymnastics, and I was doing it from a very young age, at, like, two to, like, 13, and then throughout high school. And I just think it’s a really good sport. It’s tough mentally and physically. – And it’s not easy too, so it’s definitely when
you get a new skill, you get excited about it, and just have that sense of
accomplishment with this sport. I grew up through the program here, I started when I was in preschool. My mom was a coach, she
did gymnastics growing up. So that’s what initially
got me interested. Eventually made my way up through and then did the competitive club team, and once I got to high
school, it was nice, ’cause you could still come back here, practice your skills with the family here that you had with the club. – I was never afforded the opportunity to take structured gymnastics, so I pretty much self-taught myself, starting, you know, with backhand springs, then swinging on bars. I just thought it was really neat to be able to flip
yourself around like that. I’ve loved the sport since
the first cartwheel I’ve done. Working in the open gyms, there were other real trained gymnasts, and they would help us out. And from there it just progressed. – We’ve been with the program
for almost 10 years now. It wasn’t exactly something
that we were looking for, as far as our girls competing. But when we were asked to join the team, we really felt like it
was a really good fit. – When you get into the private sector, that’s their business. We’re here to let them
have fun, teach them, and if they get really good, that’s great. That’s where I think
our major difference is. Everybody gets the same
chance to be successful. (upbeat music) – Definitely being on the other side, it’s fun to experience
when they get a new skill, or learn something new. Not only their triumphs, but also when, you know,
they’re not having a good day, having done the sport myself. – Keep trying, ’cause obviously
gymnastics is very hard, and you don’t get things right away. You have to keep doing
it over and over again, ’till you finally can get it, and it’s frustrating, but
it’s worth it in the end. (inspirational music) – When there’s a skill that
they had been struggling on and then they hit it in a meet, or they get over a fear, that’s kind of cool to take part in. – Being part of this program has been fantastic for my girls. They have gained a lot of
confidence, and ability, and it’s fun to see them
cheer on their friends, regardless of skill level. Whenever anyone gets a new skill, it’s just really neat to
see that all the girls kinda gather around and encourage
one another in that way. And so for those reasons, and for the coaches and their
encouragement with the girls, it’s fun to be able to
say to other people, “Hey, come check out this gym. It’s a really great opportunity for you to get involved in gymnastics and not feel like you have to
be at the gym all the time.” So it’s a good mix. – If you have a child
that is flipping around on your furniture at home, has an abundance of energy, come check out our preschool program. A lot of our kids start
as little preschoolers, and work their way up through our program, and then end up on our team. They become successful
high school gymnasts at their respective schools. Palatine and Fremd, but also
schools out of our district, Buffalo Grove, Hersey, Barrington. So come check us out and see if we can take
care of some of that energy that your child has and
save your furniture. – [Announcer] Our show
will now continue… (upbeat music)

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