New Gymnastics Center Opens with Kids in Mind
C&C Gymnastics owners Candice Kobert and Cassie Hayden aren’t exaggerating when they say that their gym is a childhood dream. The lifelong best friends grew up in the 1990s competing on the same team, training under Olympic coaches and racking up first-place medals at meets throughout the U.S.
Now women in their mid-20s, Kobert and Hayden have established careers as gymnastics coaches and will open a new gym on Jan. 31. Though their new state-of-the-art gym may not be located “on the beach” as they hoped when they were 10, the multifaceted facility in central Augusta — 1340 Augusta West Parkway — offers a unique sense of fun that originated from the minds of experienced instructors who understand their young protégés: It’s a gym with kids in mind.
“We really geared ours towards the cutesy/trendy side,” Kobert said. “Lots of pink mats, striped walls — and sparkles!”
C&C offers a Mom & Me program that caters to the little ones ages 18 months to 3 years old as well as a preschool program for ages 3-4. Classes combine physical awareness and development, as well as promoting progressive cognitive and social skills.
Young gymnasts with professional potential can be tracked to compete on the gym’s official team. C&C’s Compulsory Program offers an all-inclusive rate for USAG levels 2-5. The program includes seven competitions that take place August through December. An optional, all-inclusive program for levels 6-10 takes competitors to seven meets plus regionals, Easterns and Nationals. In addition, C&C Gymnastics offers a non-competitive, developmental program for all beginning gymnasts, ages 5 and up.
“We have all USA Gymnastics-regulated equipment,” Kobert said. “We also use many progressions and drills to learn skills in order to insure that all of our gymnasts have the safest experience possible while learning gymnastics.”
For more information, visit candcgymnastics.com.