Our Final Expansion will begin July 1, 2014. We are growing to meet the needs of the recreational and competitive children in our community and surrounding area. This hopefully will enable us to expand and provide a more broad range of activities adding things such as cheer training.
Salta Gymnastics Club started as Vincent Massey Gymnastics Club in 1979. A recreational achievement program was initiated by founder Dick Brooks with the coaching assistance of Pat McRoberts. In 1980 a competitive program was introduced. Because of limited access to the school and daily set-up and take-down of the equipment, the club began to search for a facility of its own. Vincent Massey Gymnastics Club became incorporated under the Societies Act of the Province of Alberta in June 1980.
On July 1, 1988 a portion of the former Racquet Time building was purchased from Stober Consolidated. The Vincent Massey Gymnastics Club officially changed its name to Salta (Southern Alberta) Gymnastics Club. Also in 1988, Salta hired Eva Paniti as a coach. One year later Eva was named head coach because of her incredible credentials:
- 1974 Romanian Gymnastics National Champion
- Romanian Olympic Gymnastics Team Member 1975-1976
- Coaching degree in Physical Education from the University of Bucharest, Romania
- NCCP Level III certified Women's Coach
- NCCP Level I certified in Trampoline
In 1995 renovations were required as Salta had grown substantially. A grant was obtained through the Community Facility Enhancement Program. A diligent group of volunteers supplied 1154 hours of manpower tearing down the walls of two racquetball courts to create one large gymnasium. An above ground pit was constructed in another of the racquetball courts to accommodate safe training for vault, bars, and floor.
Further expansion has been completed again in 2004, check out the renovations page for more details.