15 years of excellence in sport and art!
What is Rhythmic Gymnastics
- Proponents of Rhythmic Gymnastics (RG) date themselves back to ancient Greece. Modern RG was fully developed in the 30s and 40s.
- Rhythmic Gymnastics is the perfect combination of sport and art, linking expressive dance steps with skilful manipulations of the apparatus: rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon. RG Has many benefits to General Health, Growth and Development:
- Enhances creativity and builds self-confidence
- Develops posture and confident body movement, for sport and life
- Enhances co-ordination and agility, for body awareness and balance
- Increases flexibility and strength and prepares the body for the life's challenges
- Develops healthy minds and bodies for now and later life
- Rope - Light and supple, in hemp or synthetic material; use the rope to leap over or skip then add in swings, throws, circles, rotations and figures of eight
- Hoop - made of plastic or wood; rotate the hoop around the hand or body then add rolls, swings, circles, figures of eight, throws, passes through and over the hoop.
- Ball - made of rubber or synthetic material, 18 - 20 cms in diameter; rest the ball in the hand then add throws, bounces or rolls.
- Clubs - made of wood or synthetic material; use the clubs for rhythmical tapping then add mills and small circles, asymmetric movements, throws and catches.
- Ribbon - 6 metres long and probably the most popular event for the spectators; use the ribbon for large, smooth flowing movements to make spirals and circles then add swings, circles and serpents
- Freehand - performances without apparatus; instead the emphasis is on style, technique and execution of dance skills. Freehand is most often seen in lower levels
ORGC Club History
- The Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics Club (ORGC) was founded by Canadian Olympian Camille Martens in 1997.
- Following the 1996 Olympic Games, Camille Martens came home to Vernon, BC to establish Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastic Club. Her hometown had supported her dreams and now it was her turn to give back to her community. The club quickly rose to being one of the top clubs in the nation.
- In 1999 the Cirque Theatre Company (CTC) was created to add a theatre component to our club.
- In 2009, ORGC moved to its own multi-acre dedicated sports facility, the only dedicated RG facility of its kind in Canada.
We have competed and hosted athletes from around the world
Okanagan Rhythmic Gymnastics has hosted athletes (for camps, training programs and exchanges) from across Canada, as well as from Mexico, Norway, Austria, Denmark and the USA.
Our athletes have made finals and/or won medals at: Zones, Provincials, Western Canadians, Canadian Individual and Group Championships, BC Games, Canada Games, Jr. Pan Am Games, Copa Panamericana, various Canadian/American and European Invitationals and at the Olympic Hopes Youth Games. They have also represented us at: University Games, Grand Prix Events, World Cup Events and the World Championships.
Our Elite International Coaching Staff
Since it’s inception Okanagan Rhythmics has had the opportunity of working with an elite international coaching staff. Our competitive coaches are exceptionally committed to our athletes as individuals, to their programs and to our full team. Our coaches care deeply and on many levels. We do all we can to build up the individual as a person and as a skilled athlete/artist. We endeavour to help each athlete see their possibility and to reach their potential. It can be an intense environment and we expect a lot from our athletes and families in return.
We have also been blessed to have had injury prevention and recovery work done by a variety of talented sports physiotherapists, doctors, masseurs, personal trainers and other health experts.
We have performed at...
- Sport Events (including BC Lions Games, Toronto Raptor Games, local basketball/hockey games and more)
- Creative Chaos/Sunshine Festival
- Sparkiling Hills Grand Opening
- BC Games Open Ceremonies
- Fundaraising Events
- Grand Opening Events
- Festivals and Weddings