Newsletter 1

The Newsletter can also be downloaded in pdf. The pdf version contains the news letter in both Afrikaans and English.

Dear gymnasts and parents.
A blessed and happy New Year for all. Thank you for all the lovely gifts. We appreciate them all from the bottom of our hearts. We ended the year 2017 with many joys and also tragedies. For some the circle was completed; Mamre’s mother, Lael’s pappa, Annette’s sister in law, little Amey’s oupa, Nikola’s ouma is but a few of the heartache stories of which I know, but we wish all of those that have left us to RIP with no more pain.

I cannot believe I am writing 2018, but we are into the New Year. I hope you are all well rested and prepared for the challenges of 2018. I wish you all a blessed and successful 2018. We wish coach Bernice all the best in the last hot weeks before she delivers her new little girl.

This is only a welcoming and information newsletter. Newsletter 2 will contain all the information about fees and registration. As usual registration is a week before we start, the 17th Jan., 14:30 – 16:30 pm at Van der Stel, just to give us time to organize everything and for you to sort out the school programmes. I know school sports take lot of time, but please try to fit all in as best you can. Please complete and bring the registration form with on registration day. The registration form will be added to Newsletter 2 2018. It has already available on out website Registration form). Existing gymnasts can do the registration by email but we need the indemnity form of each gymnast EVERY year as the SAGF requires it.

We will start officially on Monday the 22th for artistic and rhythmic. Homeschoolers start Tuesday 23rd, 09:00 to 10:30 for artistic at Van der Stel. Rhythmic for school children will as always be on Mondays and Wednesdays and Thursday for the advanced girls, always 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at AF Louw.

The advanced artistic girls need to train 4x per week, so we are looking to include Tuesdays 17.00 – 19.00 if it is viable but this is not a either class. Gymnasts choose their classes and that is it for the year.
Please use our website and Facebook for tracking information:
https://web.facebook.com/vdstelgim/
https://www.facebook.com/Van-Der-Stel-Rhythmic-Gymnastics-589169577797978/
https://vdstelgim.wordpress.com/home/

We have quite a few talented gymnasts in the younger classes and the coaches are looking at the possibility of putting them into more specialised classes. But this involves time and discipline and cost. After selection the coaches will forward more information. The idea is that the gymnasts still do their level but will also prepare for more difficult work. I am not talking about High Performance because then we need at least 3 hours per day for three days for gymnasts 6-8 old and 4 hours for four days for older gymnasts. So we start off with selected elite groups and see how it develops.
We look forward to seeing you all again!
Kind regards
Annette, Mamré, Esmé, Leone, Bernice, Christelle, Caroline & Anda

Club and training wear for all gymnasts
Please the hair MUST be done up/pony tail/ plaits/ and clipped
1, Kabouters/little ones : T-shirt and shorts in the summer and tracksuit pants and top for the winter. PLEASE no fairy or superman outfits it is dangerous
2 The 6/7 year olds: black ski pant and tight fitting top
3 The 7 and up: ski pants and a leotard or tight fitting top ( no T-shirts)
All competitive gymnasts must have a club leotard (more information to follow as we have a new club leotard) and a club tracksuit. NB these must be ordered at least 6 weeks
before the competitions.

Competition dates to follow in Newsletter 3
Club leotard: Mrs Taylor Please look for Topsy Turvy ons our website and facebook
Approx.. cost R300-R400
Track suit: Mrs Gail Browning (083 230 4600) Ask for Van der Stel tracksuit
Approx. cost R450 and up (We need to place a bulk order – please make sure that you “follow” our website – enter your e-mail address in the right side bar – not to miss info regarding ordering when it is send out)

gedagte vir die dag

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