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July 28th, 2020

Gymnastics Saskatchewan sanctions and approves member clubs in permanent facilities to open operations as of June 8th, provided clubs can meet the protocols and requirements of the Government of Saskatchewan and Gymnastics Saskatchewan.  Your re-opening must follow the staged-phased protocols in the Return to Play document, as well as government regulations outlined in the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan for gyms and fitness facilities.

Additional resources:

Markel Insurance Document – Contagion Exclusion

Waiver Form

Assumption of Risk Form 

Declaration of Compliance Template

Daily Screening Questionaire

Safe Sport – Return to Train 

 

We have prepared this response plan to raise awareness of the ongoing progress related to the COVID-19 concerns of our gymnastics community. Our board and staff have been working around the clock these past few months responding to this crisis, and are excited to return to the gym when we are able!

We are committed to supporting our members to the best of our ability under the support and directives of Sask Sport. We ask that all our members remain patient – we are navigating this pandemic together and we all have the same goal in mind – a safe return to sport.

This response plan is a living, working document that will change depending on the provincial pandemic phase and needs of our member clubs.

Since the onset of COVID-19 we have communicated all developments to our members as we received them. Please use the below list as a reference point for all memos/emails that have been sent out to date.

 

Gym Sask is committed to collaborating with Sask Sport and Gymnastics Canada on behalf of our member clubs. We are also dedicated to the health and safety of all our members.

  • Worked with our insurance provider to obtain coverage for clubs to move to online training platforms.
  • Provided resources to clubs & coaches to ensure Safe Sport guidelines were adhered to with online training.
  • Represented our members on weekly calls with Sask Sport and Gymnastics Canada.
  • Surveyed clubs and published an Economic Impact Report that was distributed to Sask Sport, Gymnastics Canada, and other sports governing bodies.
  • Wrote correspondence to our government ministry regarding an early opening of gymnastics.
  • Offered access to athlete and coach mental health supports for provincial teams.
  • Researched waiver forms and insurance information for a return to play scenario during the pandemic.
  • Created a working draft Return to Play document and distributed it for feedback to our members.

Many government supports have been created to address the financial struggles of COVID-19. Gym Sask has also been able to offer direct support to clubs. 

Provincial Government Supports: 

Federal Government Supports:

  • Canada Emergency Wage Subisdy (CEWS)
  • Temporary 10% Subsidy
  • Work Share Programs
  • Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP)
  • Canada Emergency Business Account (CEBA)
  • Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance (CECRA)
  • Canada Emergency Response Benefit
  • More information can be found on the government website here.
  • Federal Initiatives chart

Other Grants & Funding:

Direct Support from Gym Sask:

  • 2019-2020 MAP grants were topped up by an additional $104,000 from self-help dollars.
  • Actively involved with the other Western provincial organizations in creating online coaching webinars free to all Gym Sask members.
  • Worked with insurance providers to include online training in current premiums.
  • Developed social media recognition content to engage members in gymnastics (daily postings, provincial team highlights, etc).
  • Maintained a regular social media presence with almost daily communication and resources on COVID-19 such as grant information, cleaning tips, etc.
  • Have diligently remained present and available, providing professional support and advice to all our members.
  • Communicated on behalf of our members on a continuous basis with Sask Sport and Gymnastics Canada.