Kyle Shewfelt

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GUINNESS WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT

  • Start: 7.00pm Friday April 27th 2012

  • Finish: 7.00pm Saturday April 28th 2012

  • Location:South Fish Creek Recreational Centre, Calgary

  • RTP Fundraising Target: $50,000

  • RTP Fundraising Actual: $9,711.14

On Sunday, Sue and I drove to the Olympic Oval at the University of Calgary for a very special event. Kyle Shewfelt, Canadian Gymnastics Gold Medal winner, was hosting his Gymnastics Festival. As I entered the Jack Simpson Gymnasium I remembered the first time I had met Kyle. It was Wednesday August 16th 2010 and that morning I had run marathon #107 in Marathon Quest 250. I had been invited to the Right To Play Red Ball golf tournament at Silver Tip golf course. It was a miserable day, cold and wet, and I was happy to get inside and warm up.

The tournament is one of Right To Play's main fundraisers. Corporate and business folk sign up to play a round of golf with an Olympian. Right To Play Canada have over 130 Athlete Ambassadors and they give their time to visit schools and participate in Right To Play activities. The dining room was full but I didn't know anyone. I sat at a table and who sat next to me but Kyle. He introduced himself and we hit it off right away.

Over the next year we stayed in touch and in September 2011 he came out and supported Netball Quest 61. In 2011, Kyle started running and completed a half marathon. This year he plans to tackle his first marathon. He's shooting for the Calgary Marathon in May and I had the pleasure of joining him for one of his long slow training runs. He's got a busy schedule ahead of him. In July, he's heading over to London for the Summer Olympics. He's going to be the CTV Gymnastics analyst for the games.

This was the second year for the Kyle Shewfelt's Gymnastics Festival. In 2011 the festival raised $10,000 for Right To Play. In this years program Kyle said "At the KSGF, we put a great deal of emphasis on fun. Our goal is to ensure that every participant, judge, volunteer and audience member feels like a star and has an experience that they won't soon forget." The facility looked amazing. There was action everywhere. Children were tumbling on the floor exercise, twisting on the rings, and flying through the air on the pommel horse.

There was even a draw for a number of prizes. I put all my tickets in a "Golf Basket" and Sue put her tickets in a "Romance Basket". Guess who won? I love chocolates.

Quote of the Day

"Make sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm"

Abraham Lincoln

A great afternoon at the Kyle Shewfelt Gymnastics Festival

Kyle Shewfelt

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