History

 

The NBGA was founded in 1967 to promote, encourage and stimulate interest, participation, and skill in gymnastics throughout New Brunswick. Our founding member, long-time coach and official Don Eagle, was elected the first president of the NBGA. He served as the National Registrar, Men’s Judging Chairman, Men’s Program Committee Chairman, Technical Advisor at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal, Manager of the Canadian Team at the 1988 Olympics in Seoul, and Judge at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona. He received a lifetime membership to the Canadian Gymnastics Federation in 1985, and was inducted into the New Brunswick Sports Hall of Fame in 1988, in recognition of his dedication and commitment to gymnastics.

 

Daniel Mcdonald, who was elected the second President of the NBGA, served as a member of the Board of Directors for the CGF from 1984-1988 and was elected to the position of Vice-President in 1992, a position he held until 1995. He was Manager of the Canadian Team at the 1976 Olympic Games in Montreal and the 1979 World Championships in Fort Worth, Texas. He organized numerous events including the 1974 USSR/Canada Tour, the 1978 China/Canada Tour and the 1975 National Championships held in Moncton, New Brunswick. He coached and judged at National Championships, was an NCCP Course Conductor, and was named one of two Harrassment Officers for Gymnastics Canada in 1995.

 

Several other coaches, officials and athletes from New Brunswick have made significant contributions to gymnastics in Canada. Dan Scully was recipient of the 1992 3M Coaching Canada Award for his contribution to coaching. Janet Morin and Natasha Hallet, were members of the 1992 Olympic Team that competed in Barcelona. Janet was a member of the Gold Medal Team in the 1990 Commonwealth Games in New Zealand, and the all around gold medal winner at the 1991 National Championships in Saskatoon. Natasha competed at the 1988 Pan American Junior Championships in Indianapolis and placed 6th A.A.. Natasha, originally from Saint John, retired from gymnastics following the Olympics in 1992 and went on to perform with the world famous Cirque du Soleil. Scott Hill was a member of the 1980 Junior National Team and a former CIAU All-Canadian. One other New Brunswicker who contributed at the National level is Jane Blakely, a former member of the National Development Committee and author of Contracting for Coaches and Clubs.

 

Since it’s formation in 1967, the NBGA has benefited the sport of gymnastics in the province by creating a strong sense of community between the clubs. In 1988, the NBGA obtained office space, and in 1990, received funding to hire an Executive Director. In 1968 there were 2 clubs registered with the NBGA; there are currently 10 member clubs, and over 4300 recreational and competitive gymnasts, coaches, and judges in the province. The NBGA has a strong base of dedicated parents and volunteers who assist with every aspect of the sport.