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Worldly gymnastics coach brings new form to Drumheller valley club

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    Those of us looking to rid a spare tire will have a world-class gymnastics and fitness coach to work with come fall.
    Jakki Woywitka, 28, will be bringing a long resumé of experience to the gymnastics program of Drumheller Gymnastics Club when she arrives in September.
    “We are extremely excited,” says Cathy Smoliak past chair of the club. “She has a lot to offer to both the club and community.”
    Attaining her Bachelors of Sport Management from the University Canberra in Australia, the Vancouver Island native has over 12 years experience in sports management behind her.
    Woywitka holds Level 3 Artistic Gymnastics and Trampoline Coach certifications.
    She has coached and lived in five different countries, training with national team coaches from Russia and China, and trained others in Austria, Finland, Turkey, Mexico, and Australia.
    Woywitka worked with Gymnastics Canada and Alberta as a NCCP course facilitator. When a couple of coaches from Drumheller had said their head coach was leaving, she was invited to bring her expertise to Drumheller.
    What brings her from all over the world to Drumheller is the prospect of building a program from the ground up.
    “I’m really excited for the opportunity to take a club from where they are now to make it grow into something that will benefit the community,” Woywitka says.
    Woywitka will allow the club to offer new programs in gymnastics and general health and wellness that will begin in the fall.
    A new program the club hopes to bring is the training of other sports leagues, which is beginning with the skating clubs but ideas are in plan to expand to hockey.
    “Woywitka will be a huge asset to the club, allowing us to offer more programs and tackle a wider range of programs - from toddlers to adults,” says Smoliak.
    “Struggling students will have classes open to them to promote growth.”
    The new changes at the Drumheller Gymnastics Club will  begin to take effect this fall.
    “The training opportunities for all our current coaches will be greater because of her diverse  background, as well as being a facilitator for our gymnastics programs.”

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