Former Saltos coach returns for Thanksgiving weekend

A former Saltos gymnastics head coach returned to town to run a training camp last weekend.

A former Saltos gymnastics head coach returned to town where she spent over a decade teaching to run a training camp last Thanksgiving weekend.

Alana Jensen, who was the head coach at the Saltos Gymnastic Club until a few months ago, was excited to come back to the club where she got her start.

Jensen has been hard at work as the competitive coach at Flip City in Langley for the last few months.

“I’m excited to see the kids again,” she said.

During the two-day intensive training camp, Jensen taught girls of all levels.

“I’m working with a lot of high-level coaches here. I’ve picked up new techniques and lots of stuff for beam and flexibility over the last month and a half,” said Jensen.

Becky Stavast with the club said Jensen’s familiarity with the kids made her a top choice for this year’s camp.

She added that they normally bring in coaches for the semi-annual camp, but this is the first time they’ve brought back a former club coach.

“[She has] lots of knowledge, plus she knows the kids, that time that coaches have to take to get to know the kids, she already knows what they’re working on and where they’re at,” said Stavast.

Though she admitted she missed some of the girls she used to coach, Jensen is excited to share what she has learned with gymnasts in Smithers.

“I want to pass on any new information that I have learned and just check on how the club is doing,” she said.