Birchmount Gymnastics Centre was founded in July, 2002 and opened to the public in September of 2002.
While the gym's incubation period may seem short, it actually stems from over a decade of experience in the
gymnastics field by Linda Clifford and Ed McCready.
Linda and Ed have created what they feel is a unique approach to the sport of gymnastics. The focus is on building
upon the self-esteem of every athlete, and ensuring that athletes have fun through fitness. If a child has the spirit and
will to excel at the sport, Birchmount's coaching team is there to teach the skills, flexibility and conditioning required for
success in gymnastics training. Self-esteem, confidence, and a passion to do one's best are all qualities that will be
encouraged at Birchmount.
Linda Clifford has a Masters of Education and holds her NCCP (National Coaching Certification Program) Level 2 Men's &
Women's Gymnastics. She has over 25 years experience coaching Parent & Tot, Pre-school, Recreational, and Competitive
gymnastics, as well as 30 years experience working for the provincial government as a communications and policy director,
and vice president responsible for leadership and executive training. She is currently the President of Gymnastics Ontario,
the provincial association responsible for 190 clubs and 100,000 athletes across the province.
Ed McCready is owner and president of Gymgear Gymnastics Supplies, which supports gymnastics clubs and athletes across
Canada. Previously, Ed was Marketing Director of the Canadian Automobile Association (CAA) for 14 years. He has been heavily
involved in amateur volleyball for 20 years, and has sponsored tournaments for teen athletes.
Our coaches are all graduates of the National Coaching Certification Program. Most of them were athletes with us, who then became competitive athletes with Birchmount and then trained to be coaches. We pride ourselves in being a true team, sharing a love for the sport and a belief in the spirit of gymnastics. We believe that all children can achieve great self esteem through the learning of gymnastics.
At Birchmount Gymnastics Centre, we strive:
to ensure all athletes and coaches have great self-esteem,
to help athletes and coaches become leaders and good citizens,
to instill in athletes and coaches the importance of teamwork and professionalism,
to help athletes and coaches set their own goals and to support them in achieving those goals,
to keep the spirit of gymnastics alive,
to ensure the health and safety of our athletes, coaches, and members, and,
to support our athletes and coaches in being well-rounded in other sports and activities.
Our Code of Conduct
The aim of this Code of Conduct is to promote a safe and healthy environment for all members of Birchmount Gymnastics Centre.
This Code of Conduct identifies the standard of behaviour that is expected of members and participants.
This Code of Conduct applies to all members of Birchmount Gymnastics Centre including, but not limited to athletes, parents, coaches, officials, organizers, managers, volunteers, and employees.
This Code of Conduct applies to all matters that may arise during the course of Birchmount Gymnastics Centre's business activities and events, including but not limited to the office environment, the parent viewing area, competitions, practices, training camps, travel associated with competitive activities and any meetings of staff, committees, parents or athletes.
Every member of Birchmount Gymnastics Centre must show respect and understanding for the rights of fellow members and conduct themselves in a way that reflects the principles of the organization.
All members of Birchmount Gymnastics Centre shall maintain and enhance the dignity and self-esteem of members and participants of Birchmount Gymnastics Centre by demonstrating respect to individuals regardless of gender, ethnic or racial origin, sexual orientation, age, marital status, religion, political belief, disability or economic status.
Athletes of Birchmount Gymnastics Centre compete for their own goals and enjoyment and that should take priority over winning.
A coach of young athletes has a duty of care which is more onerous than that of a coach of adult athletes. The Head Coach and coaching staff are responsible for setting and monitoring the boundaries between a working relationship and friendship with participants. Birchmount Gymnastics Centre coaches are given clear policy guidelines and extensive training about professional standards and have signed contracts to abide by those policies.
Athletes and parents must respect the boundaries between coach and athlete/parent including but not limited to keeping all contact with the administration of the club and not e-mailing or telephoning coaches, sharing private information with coaches, inviting coaches to social activities outside those organized by Birchmount Gymnastics Centre without the prior consent of the Head Coach.
All discussions about, but not limited to, class schedules, make-up classes, concerns about your child's training, must take place with the Head Coach and not with the individual coaches.
All members will refrain from public criticism, including but not limited to any written or electronic discussions/chat rooms/blogs etc. about Birchmount Gymnastics Centre, its employees, athletes or members, and all other members of Gymnastics Ontario and the Ontario Cheerleading Federation, including other clubs, athletes, coaches, and judges. Any matters of concern are to be discussed at an appropriate time with the Head Coach of Birchmount Gymnastics Centre. Birchmount Gymnastics Centre is committed to being a "gossip free" gym.
Parents, spectators and visitors will not coach or give instructions to athletes during competitions or practices and are expected to demonstrate the spirit of sportsmanship and sports leadership.
All members are entitled to understand how athletes are being coached and how classes are organized. Members are expected to gather information through discussions with the Head Coach at an appropriate time in order to ensure accurate information is obtained. Members are expected to bring questions and concerns to the Head Coach in order that continual improvements can be made to our programs.
Some ideas for, and some wording of, this Code of Conduct are courtesy of the Centre for Sport and Law, and the Irish Gymnastics Federation