Fraser Valley

Rhythmic Gymnastics

Gym Family Spotlight

Fraser Valley Rhythmic Gymnastics wouldn't be the fun, energetic and inclusive community that it is without the diverse and fantastic families that join us in programs each week! We are excited to highlight some of these families, and not just the gymnasts, but to celebrate all the members of their families and to explore all the activities that they love, including rhythmic gymnastics. Check back often to meet more members of our Gym Family.

Meet the Kruegers

Meet Elenor, Geneva, Lional and Parents Joel and Rachel!

Who does RG in your family? Eleanor and Geneva 

What is their favorite part of RG? Geneva’s favorite thing about RG is cartwheels and Eleanor’s is the circuit 

What are some things you like to do as a family to relax? We like to read together, hike, bake cookies, and ride bikes. 

What are your favorite summer activities? We love to spend the day at Cultus Lake or the splash park, or try out as many ice cream parlors as we can find. 

Why RG?  We love rhythmic gymnastics because it is so fun to watch. 

Why FVRG? We chose FVRG because of their focus on individual improvement and strength and flexibility. We like the atmosphere of encouragement and positive thinking. 

Meet the Nergaards

Meet Emery, Mia, Tessa, Lincoln 
& Mom and Dad Taryn and Tynan!

We're the Nergaard family... I'm Taryn and my husband is Tynan (no, it was not planned that way). We have 4 kids: Emery (9), Mia (7), Tessa (5), and Lincoln (2).

All 3 of our girls are in rhythmic gymnastics. Emery likes using the ribbon, rope, and hoop. Mia's favourite apparatus is the ribbon and Tessa's favourite is the ball.

After doing two years of artistic gymnastics, Emery and Mia were ready for a change. They still enjoyed attending their classes but weren't thriving in the environment anymore. As I was pregnant with our 4th child--and ready to enroll Tessa in gymnastics too, I was interested in looking for a local activity so I would no longer have to drive out of town multiple times a week.

That year, in 2016, I discovered Fraser Valley Rhythmic Gymnastics through a Facebook ad! I was vaguely familiar with rhythmic gymnastics but had altogether forgotten about the sport as an adult. When I saw the video ad, I knew right away that the mix of dance movement with gymnastics skills would be appealing to my daughters. They wanted me to sign them up for ballet, but after personally experiencing the dance environment as a young girl, I knew it wasn't the place I wanted my girls to spend hours of their week.

I showed them videos of rhythmic gymnastics athletes and convinced them that this was a sport they would enjoy and could excel at. With only a little hesitation, they jumped right into rhythmic gymnastics and we are all so glad they did. This is our 3rd year with FVRG and all three of our girls are thriving in the positive, encouraging environment. They have learned many new skills, and more importantly, have grown in their confidence and ability to persevere through challenges. Their dedication and hard work are inspiring to us as parents.

Outside of rhythmic gymnastics, we're a pretty laid-back family. We all enjoy reading and there's almost always music playing in our home. The kids homeschool, which means that our days are very relaxed and there's a lot of time for play, imagination, and good conversation. Tynan works out of the house as a plumber and I work from home as a writer and web designer. We really love our way of living--even though it can seem strange to others. Ultimately, we want our kids to be eager learners, hard workers, and to passionately pursue their interests.

FVRG is like family to us--the coaches truly love and care for my girls, which makes all the difference in their confidence and growth.

Meet the Marstons

Meet Ella, Sarah, Mya and Ethan 
(not to mention Mom, Lindsay and Dad, Todd)!

How many people are in your Family?
There are 6 members of our family!

Who in the family does RG?
Ella and Sarah participate in RG.

What are your favourite activities as a family?
We enjoy walks or biking at the river, campfires in the backyard and eating!

What other sports are the members of your family involved with?
Soccer, Motocross, Lacrosse, Baseball, Field Hockey, Tennis, Football, Golf, Swimming, Basketball, Street Hockey, Hiking and Snowshoeing!

Why Rhythmic Gymnastics? 
We didn't really know anything about RG. Ella and Sarah had been doing gymnastics, trampoline and dance from an early age. When we discovered it we jumped right in.

We stumbled across RG shortly after we moved to Chilliwack. Ella was looking for a new sport and FVRG welcomed us with open arms.

If you can combine 2 sports together to make 1 sport, what would they be and why?
Ella- RG and Motocross because you can do RG tricks on the bike!
                    Sarah- Volleyball and RG because you can use the ball and bump it while doing your routine!
                    Mya- soccer and tennis. No racket just using your body to hit the ball over the net.!
                    Ethan- football and just because they are my favourite

Thank you to the Marstons for being a part of FVRG's Gym Family and our very first Gym Family Spotlight!