New gymnastics club opens downtown

Anne Harvat and Mich Roussin of the new Platinum Gymnastics, which is located at the Kenwick Building. Glenn Ogilvie

Cathy Dobson

Two seasoned athletes interested in gymnastics, personal training and nutrition have opened a new club in Sarnia’s downtown.

Platinum Gymnastics is located at 250 Christina St. North, in the Kenwick building where Jack Kennedy’s Music Centre was for many years.

It’s a unique location with a lit marquee sign and a spiral staircase leading down to the new gymnastics and workout area.

Co-owners Anne Horvat and Mich Roussin have painted the walls with vibrant blues and greens, and created a child’s gymnasium full of balance beams, vaults, trampolines and shape mats for children to learn walkovers and back handsprings.

Horvat, 44, says she is looking forward to working with children as young as three to introduce them to recreational gymnastics.

“This is about the fun of fitness and learning skills by playing games,” she said.

Horvat was a competitive gymnast in Romania for many years and later performed in a travelling trapeze show in Japan. She also attended the same club in the 1980s where famed Olympic gold medalist Nadia Comaneci volunteered with training.

But Horvat isn’t interested in teaching competitive students at Platinum Gymnastics.

“We trained very, very hard for competition,” she said. “I want this to be more fun. I can teach about movement, about building muscle and about team work, but still make it fun.”

She lives with her 11-year-old son close to her new gym and believes it’s an ideal location for the new business, particularly for children who live downtown.

“There’s really not a lot for them to do around here,” she said.  “They get home from school and they get on video games. This will help keep them active and we will pay attention to their technique and ensure they learn the fundamentals.”

Classes for children age three to seven will start soon and cost $100 for eight, one-hour sessions.

Horvat’s partner, Mich Roussin, 40, is a boilermaker by trade and a bodybuilder for more than 20 years, as well as a certified personal trainer in Sarnia.  He is offering personal training, fitness and nutritional counselling to adults at Platinum Gymnastics.

To contact the gym, call 519-328-5591. To contact Roussin, call 519-466-6302.

 

 

IT’S ALL ABOUT GOLF

 

The Young Professionals of Sarnia Lambton will host a networking event at Huron Oaks on Thursday, June 25 called All About Golf.  The focus is on learning the rules, golf etiquette and some basics to get ready to play.

It’s on from 5:30 p.m. – 7 p.m. All are welcome.  RSVP to Bevin Perdu at bevin.perdu@slwdb.org or call 519-332-0000.

The Young Professionals are a Chamber of Commerce committee that was created to foster personal growth, develop careers, improve the community, and have some fun.

 

 

Got an interesting business story? Contact Cathy Dobson at cathy.dobson@thesarniajournal.ca or 226-932-0985.