Story and Photos By Erich Eichhorn – ISN

Victoria (ISN) – The Garden City Invitational gymnastics competition kicked off Friday afternoon at Panorama Recreation Centre.

For 349 dedicated gymnasts, Victoria Day long weekend isn’t about camping or lounging around, but about testing their skills at the 30th Annual Garden City Invitational Gymnastics meet.


A Delta teamate demonstrates perfect form during her floor routine – Erich Eichhorn image ( )
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Ella Kendler of host Falcon Gymnatics on the balance beam- Erich Eichhorn image ( )
The Garden City Invitational has become that largest gymnastics meet on Vancouver Island. Competitors from BC, Alberta, and Washington state will take to the floor at Panorama Recreation Centre Friday, Saturday and Sunday vying for bragging rights to being the top gymnast and gymnastics club.


7553 – A Falcon Gymnastic competitor shows her form in front of the judges going for gold- Erich Eichhorn image ( )

This weekends events will test the strength, agility, and flexibility of competitors from 7-17 years of age in 4 skills, floor routine, balance beam, vault and bars. Each competitor will have to demonstrate a high level competency to receive either a bronze, silver, or gold award.

A Flicka Gymnastics competitor from North Vancouver show perfect control on the balance beam rotation Friday afternoon- Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Falcon gymnastics, one of the main hubs for gymnastic training excellence in the greater Victoria area, has been in existence for 39 years training children and young adults


Founder and former owner of Falcon Gymnastics, Marta Klinovsky, started the Garden City Invitational 30 years ago. Her love of the sport prompted her to create an event that could challenge and test students on a competitive level. Attracting 100 competitors in 1982, the event now attracts more the 300 athletes annually from BC, Alberta, Ontario, and the USA.
Lion’s Pride Kalei Marchuk show her flexiblity in mid-air jump during the floor routine- Erich Eichhorn image ( )
Flicka gymnast shows off her side split form during her floor routine – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Lion’s Pride competitor Kiara Eichhorn kicked up her heals scoring a Silver for her club during floor routine – Erich Eichhorn image ( )

Falcon gymnastics would like to recognize the Falcon Gymnastics Parents Association for their tremendous job of organizing this first class event and promoting gymnastics in Victoria.

Competition continues Saturday from 8:30-5:00pm, and Sunday 8:30-2:00 pm. Admission is $7 for adults and $3 for children 6-18 yrs old.
 For more info call (250) 479-6424