Blog Post 1.0 + 0.5 bonus
Posted: Jul 10 2014
Welcome to the brand new Turn Gymnastics blog page! The aim with our new blog is to become a leading source for men’s gymnastics information. We'll have regular Q&A's about FIG rules and judging, posts from national and international gymnasts, insights on men's collegiate gymnastics, coaching tips from leading coaches, and many other topics that relate only to men's gymnastics.
The what, where and why. Turn who? Born out of a mixture of passion and frustration (and a long haul flight from Asia), Turn was established in the summer of 2011, with offices in the San Francisco Bay Area - an apparel hot bed home to the likes of the North Face, Levi's and the Gap. The aim from day one has been to bring back innovation and artistry to men's gymnastics apparel, so often overlooked for the big money of women's gymnastics.
Our product is the vehicle, our mission is to help support the sport we love. Over the last couple of decades we've witnessed a sad decline in the popularity of our sport at the NCAA level. Turn founder and proud Cal Golden Bear alum Dave Eaton, saw 4 programs dropped during his time as an NCAA athlete and so it is sewn in to the fabric of our company that we help support the existing programs in anyway we can. In 2014, our uniforms were proudly chosen by seven NCAA programs and we will be supporting the efforts to reestablish a program in Southern California (more on this in future posts). It is time to reverse this trend and ensure future generations have the opportunity to experience life as an NCAA gymnast.
On an international level, Dave has enjoyed time volunteer coaching in Ecuador, Argentina and Puerto Rico. The passion Dave brings to Turn pushes the brand to focus on the growth of men's gymnastics around the world, ensuring we are always on the look out for our next adventure and opportunity to support gymnasts, clubs, and federations in all corners of the globe. As a small yet passionate team, we hope you will grow with us and support men’s gymnastics. Gymnastics is not just a sport, it’s OUR way of life!
In the near future we'll get started with some Q&A's with USA's Junior Olympic Games judge Michael Ashe (VP of the Northern California Gymnastics Judges Association, Regional Technical Director of the National Gymnastics Judges Association) who will be here to help answer questions you may have about judging and F.I.G. rules. In the meantime, enjoy summer camps, double training sessions, learning new skills, and all the aches and pains that go along with it.
- Team Turn