I hope those of you who attended the All-Stars Meet in Brampton this past Sunday came away thinking it was a good experience for the boys and that it was successful. I know Ricardo, Allison and I thought the boys did very well.
It was cool to see so many little Demo guys first thing in the am- all ready and eager to go (no tears even). No one seemd too stressed and the big group warm-up went well! It was impressive to watch all of the boys do their routines [and remember them!]
I wanted to try and get a group picture after awards and have a quick chat with parents- but the other group had already started their warm-up and the space upstairs was very limited as you all know.
A BIG Thank-you goes out to Allison Fraser for helping take a group as it would have been far more difficult and made the meet longer had she not made herself available to assist!
Allison, if you don’t already know, coaches at the gym, has been assisting with our boys pre-comp program for a while now and has a son who competes Provincially for the gym.
The Interclub boys in the second flight also did an awesome job. The boys walked away with a lot of medals and ribbons (Not the only way we judge success by the way). I know I was happy to see how well-behaved and focused the boys were. I know my boys lasted through the warm-up and had finished 3 rotations before they started getting a bit more relaxed and talkative. I did have to speak to a few of the boys about being disrespectful to other athletes competing- and I will remind them again in the gym for future. Obviously we want the boys to learn the protocols, etiquette and good sportsmanship required at competitions.
- Dave Harris