Neepawa Novas to host competition this weekend


Gymnastics 1st Session 20173


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Shown here are just one of the many groups of athletes at the Neepawa Novas Gymnastics Club at the Yellowhead Centre. The Neepawa Banner & Press is planning more complete coverage of the Neepawa Novas competittion next week.

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The competitive season is underway for the Neepawa Novas Gymnastics Club (NNGC). The Club has 30 gymnasts registered for the 2017/2018 competitive schedule, with 13 of them having already participated in their first competition on Dec. 16-17 at the Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre.

NNGC board member Erin Miller noted that the Winnipeg Gymnastics Centre put on a great competition and the Novas are pleased with their results. The complete listing of Neepawa Novas results from that two day event can be seen below.

As for events a little closer to home, the Club will host a competition at the Yellowhead Hall on Saturday, Jan. 13.  There will be five clubs attending this year, including Neepawa and 151 gymnasts registered to compete. This will also serve as a Western Manitoba’s qualifier for the Manitoba Winter Games, set to be held in Thompson in March. Four Neepawa Novas gymnasts will be vying for a spot on the regional team.

This is the first major event hosted by the NNGC since the club has agreed to a three-year rental agreement with the Yellowhead Centre. The contract saw the Novas move all their training and recreational classes into the Yellowhead Hall back in mid-September. The Novas had previously held events at the gymnasium at Neepawa Area Collegiate Institute (NACI).

Gymnastics Club chairperson Michelle Gibson said the shift into the Yellowhead does create some challenges in terms of staging an event of this size, but that they’re making it work. Gibson also noted one big positive from the move is that the Club doesn’t need the time and manpower to transport their equipment to and from a different facility as it’s already there.  She expects that this will provide them more time to set up and clean up . 

As for volunteers, Gibson stated that there are a handful of board members and parents who began preparing for this weekend over two months ago.  There will probably be about 30 different people helping out that day.  She stressed that it requires lots of help in lots of different areas for everything to run smoothly.

Club Report

The Neepawa Gymnastics Club finished up with the first session of gymnastics classes before Christmas break. Over 200 gymnasts registered in classes taking part Mondays to Thursdays. We were excited to start running our programming out of the Yellowhead Centre, it has allowed us to offer numerous classes for various ages and abilities. We are starting our second session of recreational classes the week of Jan. 8 and are offering the following programs:

Tiny Tumblers (Parent & Tot): 

Tues. 5:45-6:30 p.m. or Thurs. 10:30-11:15.a.m.

Tumble Tots (Age 3):

Tues. 9:30-10:15 a.m. or Thurs. 5:30-6:15 p.m. (FULL)

Balancing Bugs (Girls Ages 4-5):

Wed. 4:00-4:45 p.m. or Thurs. 5:30-6:15 p.m.

Jets (Boys Ages 4-6):

Thurs 5:30-6:15 p.m. (FULL)

Tumble Stars (Girls Ages 6-7):

Mon. 5:00-6:15 p.m. or Thurs. 6:30-7:45 p.m. (FULL)

Highflyers (Girls Ages 8-10):

Thursday 6:30-7:45 p.m.

Senior Jets (Boys Ages 7 & Up):

Thursday 6:30-7:45 p.m. (FULL)

Senior Highflyers

(Girls Ages 11 & Up):

Wednesday 5:00-6:30 p.m.


and Tumbling Class:

Tuesdays 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Tumble Time

(Open Gym Time):

Tuesday 10:30-11:30 a.m. or 7:30-8:30 p.m.

If you have any questions about the programs or would like more information, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or leave a message on our Facebook page Neepawa Gymnastics Club.