Jen (Chessell) Daum had been employed in 1999 by a local dance company teaching Acro Gymnastics (after 20 years as a competitive gymnast) when that dance company decided to move to Stratford in 2003. Jen felt that the children in Mitchell would benefit from a local gymnastics club and her students at the time really wanted to stay in Mitchell.
So, the ‘Mitchell Gymnastics Club’ was officially formed in 2003 with 35 members and 1 instructor, Jen Daum.
Classes were a couple of nights per week at the Mitchell Canadian Legion where we had a tumbling floor for the students, ranging in age from 5 – 15 years old where they worked on their tumbling moves and floor routines. We held a year end demo with approximately 40 parents in attendance.
As the club grew, we hired 2 student coaches, and we also needed to find a larger space, so the purchase of 214 Cooper Street in Mitchell was finalized in May of 2004. After applying for a zone change and extensive renovations the club officially opened in September 2004 with approximately 75 students registered.
We offered a tumbling floor, donated balance beams, and a vault. As we grew, we had to expand the club to add a full kinder gym space as well as the main gym area and we purchased more equipment.
We now offer a full 1/2 spring floor tumbling area, 3 full size balance beams, a competitive size table vault as well as the standard size uneven bars and a fully equipped kinder gym room with the same apparatus suitable for the smaller gymnast.
We offer classes 4 evenings per week as well as Saturday mornings, our sessions are 16 week sessions September to January and January to May, as well as an 8 week mini session and 1 week of ½ day summer camps. Our head coach and owner is Jen Daum plus we have 13 student coaches to train our membership of approximately over 260 students and growing.
Our club finale has outgrown our own space and is now held yearly in the gym of the Mitchell Arena with over 1200 family members enjoying the routines/demonstrations that each class has worked on over the year. We are a family owned club with no fundraising requirements. Our goal is for children to enjoy the sport of gymnastics in a safe and friendly environment with skill and fun working hand in hand.