It is the goal of the YKGC to provide recreational and competitive gymnastics in a safe, supportive and fun environment that promotes overall fitness, skill development and self-esteem.
Who We Are?
Since 2003, the Yellowknife Gymnastics Club (YKGC) has been operating out of a gymnastics facility within the Multiplex Arena - the only dedicated gymnastics facility within the NWT.
The facility was created when the community rallied together with many companies, organizations and
individuals stepping up to raise and/or donate funds. So, you could say that our foundation was built
on the commitment, support and generosity of our community.
The YKGC is a non-profit organization run by a volunteer Board of Directors and relies on parents, athletes and the community-at-large who support the YKGC through volunteering and fundraising.
For more than fifteen years, the Yellowknife Gymnastics Club actively raised money to build a dedicated gymnastics facility of our own. Over the years, the Club has had to relocate from one school gymnasium to another as its programs grew. In 1999, when the Club had to relocate yet again because the school in which it operated was slated for demolition, it kicked its fundraising efforts into full gear and serious planning began to build the new facility. The Club was lucky to be able to use an old construction garage owned by the City of Yellowknife until May, 2002 while it raised enough to get this project off the ground.
In July of 2001, the Club partnered with the City of Yellowknife who agreed to add a dedicated gymnastics facility to the constructions plans for their new, twin pad arena. Construction began on the project early in the spring of 2002 and after a number of delays, was opened on February 10th, 2003.
The facility was officially opened on September 28th, 2003 with a grand party.
How did we do it?
The easy answer is "with a lot of hard work and even more help from our friends". The membership did a lot of work raising money, doing everything from bake sales to the raffle of an AMC Hummer. But the new building would still be a dream if it weren't for the support of the community. Some of those who have pitched in are:
- City of Yellowknife
- PSAV Architects
- Yellowknife Elk's Club
- Lions Club
- NWT Gymnastics Association
- NorthwesTel Inc.
- AD Williams Engineering
- PCL Northern
- Wallbridge & Associates
- BHP Billiton
- Diavik Diamond Mines
- Hovat Construction
- Allard Foundation
- Artisan Press
- Tait Communications
- Radio Shack
- First Air
- Bob Kussy/Goota Ashoona
- Diamond Glass
- Home Building Centre
- Keenan Bengts Law
City of Yellowknife https://www.yellowknife.ca/en/index.asp
Spectacular NWT https://spectacularnwt.com/