Canada’s Cambridge Kips is ‘Sports Organization of the Year’

Cambridge Kips, the gym that sprung Canadians Yvonne Tousek, Crystal Gilmore and Aisha Gerber onto the international gymnastics scene, has been named Sports Organization of the Year, according to the Cambridge, Ontario Times.

Currently, more than 1,400 female and male athletes are registered in the various recreational and competitive programs, with many participating in classes several times a week. While working to reinvent the club – with new programs and equipment upgrades – numbers continue to climb, making it one of the fastest growing clubs in the country.

Hopefully the Canadian women’s failure to qualify a full team to the Olympics doesn’t dampen its citizens’ enthusiasm for the sport.

Kips’ success is likely largely due to head coach Elvira Saadi, she of the highly original and expressive floor choreography that has graced the routines of several Canadian notables of the past 15 years.

Gerber, the latest Canadian star to train with the Kips, left to train with Sue and Kelly Manjak at the Oakville Gymnastics Club. In 2006, when still training with Saadi, she was extremely impressive at the American Cup, finishing third behind Nastia Liukin and Shayla Worley. She continued her success by performing at the 2006 Pacific Alliance Championships even though she had been quite ill and unable to take penicillin, and later competed at the Ghent World Cup.

Unfortunately, she appeared to have regressed some by this year’s Canadian Championships and was not on the World team.

Aisha Gerber, 2006 American Cup, Floor Exercise:

Aisha Gerber, 2007 Canadian Championships, Partial Floor Exercise:

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