2010 World Championships in Rhythmic Gymnastics

2010 World Championships Canadian TeamMoscow, September 19th – 29th, 2010. Pleased to report that Manitoba is represented at the World Championships by one of our own? Yes, Zdravka Tchonkova, assistant coach/ choreographer for the Canadian Group Team is already with the team at the World Championships in Moscow. Follow the Canadian Team performance at the Worlds on internet. When you come across of sites reporting on the Worlds share the links with the rest of the members by e-mailing RGM office.

Senior Group National Team who participated at 2010 Calais International Tournament winning a bronze medal for Canada. Included in the picture are two Manitobans Danielle Stepnuk (5th from the left ) and Zdravka Tchonkova (1st from the right.) Congratulation to Danielle, Zdravka and the entire team!

2011 Elite Canada, Canadian Group Championships & Northern Lights Cup

Coming to Winnipeg, March 9 – 13, 2011!

Rhythmic Gymnastics Manitoba is excited to be awarded the hosting of the 2011 Elite Canada and Canadian Group Championships. In conjunction with this prestigious event we will be also staging the ever so popular 2011 Northern Lights Cup invitational competition.

Mark your calendars and plan to attend. Living in Winnipeg? We would love to have you as a volunteer on our event team.

Tracy Chu – Coaching Bursary Recipient

Tracy ChuWe are thrilled to inform everyone that Tracy Chu, Rhythmic Gymnastic Coach with HPTC International is one of two students that were awarded  a 2010 Sport Manitoba coaching bursary.

Good luck Tracy in pursuit of your education as well as continued coaching with the HPTC International.

MB Fusion Team Auditions

Manitoba FusionManitoba Fusion Team success at the 2010 Canadian Gymnaestrada is undisputed. The team thrilled the audience with original high energy performance earning birth on the Canadian Gymnaestrada Team to the 2011 World Gymnaestrada in Losanne, Switzerland, Juy 7th – 17th, 2011.

The Team will hold auditions for new members September 12th, 2010 at the University of Manitoba, Max Bell Centre.

Remembering a Rhythmic Gymnastics Pioneer

Irene OkanoAugust 22, 2010, Irene Itsuko Okano, passed away peacefully at the Health Sciences Centre with her children at her side. Current members of Rhythmic Gymnastics Manitoba will recognize Irene’s name through the prestigious RGM award named in her honor, the Irene Okano Volunteer of the Year Award.

Irene was a member of Rhythmic Gymnastics Manitoba Board of Directors from 1977 – 1982. Irene played active role in establishment of many legacies of Rhythmic Gymnastics Manitoba including establishment of the Provincial Team Program and the High Performance Training Centre. She was a mother of Pamela Okano, who was one of the first members of the RGM Provincial Team, member of the National Team, coach of the 1985 five time Canada Games gold medalist Lisa Merritt, assistant coach at the High Performance Training Centre from 1986- 1988.

Irene’s contribution to rhythmic gymnastics in Manitoba will be always remembered. Please read the Obituary as appeared in the Winnipeg Free Press, August 28th, 2010.