| REGINA – Gymnastics Canada (GCG) has announced the recipients of its annual national
awards and Saskatchewan is on that list for three honors.
Klara Kesmarky Miller, CEO of Gymnastics Saskatchewan, is the recipient of the 2012 GCG
Life Membership, a special award which honors and recognizes individuals who have provided
long time service to gymnastics in Canada. Gymnastics has been a lifelong passion and
commitment for Klara, both professionally and personally. She spent decades as a high
performance club head coach, program director, facility manager, and national level judge, prior
to establishing a career in sport administration.
“I believe that sport enhances the lives of all Saskatchewan citizens through the promotion of
healthy lifestyles, supporting the dreams of our world class athletes in their pursuit of
excellence, and by providing accessible programs for all. Gymnastics is the cornerstone in the
development of physical literacy, which makes it such a great sport to sink your heart and soul
into. The rewards of being involved – as a participant, an athlete, coach, official, a volunteer, or
a CEO, are endless”, said Klara.
Klara is an innovative and respected leader, an advocate for athletes’ rights, and for “putting
athletes first”. Her involvement in a variety of sports at the local, regional, national and
international levels has given her a unique perspective on the issues affecting sport and
recreation in this province and country. Most recently she was the Event Chair for the 2012
Viterra Canadian Gymnastics Championships, and previously chaired countless provincial,
national and international events in a number of sports.
The 2012 Ed Brougham Club Awards are very prestigious awards (three in total), given to
Canadian clubs with athletes at different levels, that demonstrate exceptional service and
outstanding long-term contribution to the development and promotion of the sport of gymnastics.
Winning awards this year are two Gymnastics Saskatchewan member clubs: the Taiso
Gymnastics Club of Saskatoon and the Prince Albert Aerials Gymnastics Club.
Taiso was founded by Dr. Keith Russell at the University of Saskatchewan in 1979 and soon
became a long-standing National Training Centre for men’s gymnastics. Markos Baikas, Sask
Sport’s 2012 Coach of the Year, is the current head coach of the Taiso Gym Club and leads the
club on a continued journey of producing high performance athletes, national team members
and international medalists. The Taiso Gym Club has produced two Saskatchewan Olympians,
and the club’s athletes, coaches and officials continue to represent Canada at World
Championships, Pan Am Games, Commonwealth Games, World Student Games, and
numerous other international events. Taiso has 700 members, and is one of the only successful
clubs in Canada that focuses mainly on the development of national and international level
men’s artistic gymnasts.
The Prince Albert Aerials Gymnastics Club was incorporated in 1984 and is a unique Canadian
gymnastics club, in that not many clubs in our country offer recreational, performance, and
competitive programs in four gymnastics disciplines. Not only do the Prince Aerials offer all
these programs, they have proven that they excel at developing award winning provincial level
athletes in all disciplines. Over the years, the Aerials have produced Provincial champions and
won many team awards. The Prince Albert Aerials have 900 members and offer diverse
programs to northern and First Nations populations. They also have a proud history of hosting
successful competitions, and in 2011 hosted the first ever full-combined four-discipline
Provincial Championship. Mike Amouri, head coach of the club, says: “It is a great honor and
privilege for the PA Aerials Gym Club to be recognized at the national level”.
The awards will be presented at the 2012 Gymnastics Canada Awards Banquet June 16th in
Ottawa. Klara Miller of Gymnastics Saskatchewan, Mike Amouri of the Prince Albert Aerials,
and Curtis Graves, Senior Men’s athlete from the Taiso Gym Club, will be in attendance to
accept the awards.
Gymnastics Saskatchewan’s board of directors, staff, volunteers and members would like to
congratulate these three worthy recipients on receiving such well deserved national awards.
For more information, please contact the Gymnastics Saskatchewan office at 306-780-9229 or:
Sara Toth, Technical Director
Klara Kesmarky Miller, CEO
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