The Barrie Kempettes Gymnastic Club (BKGC) is inviting professional photographers to submit an expression of interest letter to provide Action Photos for our athletes and families.

The BKGC has 4 sessions of Recreational gymnastics annually and a year round Competitive program with over 1,000 participants.  During our Recreation sessions and Competitive year we invite one photographer to come into our facility and provide exclusive photography services 2 – 3 times per year.  We would like for the photographer to have computer terminals for our parents to view the photos they wish to purchase.

The BKGC is seeking an action photographer, with the opportunity for the photographer to sell their photos through an agreement with the BKGC.  As we are a not for profit club we do request a 20% fundraising rebate of all sales be provided back to the BKGC from chosen photographer.

Please include samples of your work in your expression of interest as well as a quote for the work.

Expressions of interest close at 4:00 pm Friday October 2, 2015, and should be sent electronically to KimP@csolve.net.

Successful applicants will be notified by October 9, 2015.  An interview and portfolio will be requested during the week of Oct 12-16, 2015.

Fall Schedule available under the registration tab !  We are still accept registrations through the main office during office hours 9:30 am - 4:30 pm, while spaces are available!


New this year !!!

The BKGC will no longer allow picture taking or video taping during our Recreational Programs. This is an effort to preserve people’s rights to privacy and is in accordance with the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act.

We have a photographer who will be coming in once a session to take photos in which you may purchase.

Try Outs

If you missed Try Outs, don’t worry.

Please contact our Head Coach Kim Poole at kimp@csolve.net and she can set up another date and time.

Year End Banquet

What an amazing night we had at our Team Banquet on Monday! It was great to see everyone out to celebrate this years’ awesome season. I hope everyone enjoyed the good times even though it ran later than expected. Everyone should be proud to be a “Kempettes”.  Many Thanks to our Board of Directors, Parents and Staff for all your support. I would just like to say that I have been honoured to be involved with the club for so many years.  The kind words spoken has left me speechless and truly thankful for being recognized. I have seen many families throughout the years be involved with the club that always stay in touch. I always say … “once a Kempettes … always a Kempettes!” Sincerely, Kim.

Check out our News link to see more information about our awards banquet !


The Club

Barrie Kempettes Gymnastics Club is a non-profit, parent-run organization that has been a part of the Barrie community since 1965! We are a member of the Gymnastics Ontario Federation and strive to provide high quality gymnastics to gymnasts in all levels in the sport. With our NCCP certified coaching staff, gymnasts will develop strength, flexibility, endurance, and a grace of movement while offering total physical fitness and an opportunity for self-expression. Gymnasts will be provided with a chance to develop the fundamental skills that can also be applied to all levels.


The Barrie Kempettes Gymnastics Club is a community organization that provides quality programs, training, motivation and leadership for gymnasts at all levels of the sport.


The Barrie Kempettes Gymnastics Club will be dedicated to providing the best environment and resources for every participant to achieve personal enjoyment and individual goals at all levels of the sport.

Barrie Kempettes Gymnastics Club History

The Barrie Kempettes Gymnastics Club was formally known as the Barrie Gymnastics Club.  Dave Boyd started the Club in 1965 with a small group of girls at Steele Street Public School.  Dr. John Scott formally organized the Club in 1967 and it became affiliated with the Ontario Gymnastics Federation.  The Club operated with a small group of 12 gymnasts and 1 coach. In 1976, Barrie Gymnastic Club endeavoured to restructure the club toward progressive program of recreational and competitive gymnastics.  With the co-operation of Herb Coutier, the Club was able to offer a Saturday morning recreational program at Georgian College using previous members as coaches.  This program ran with an average of 75 girls ages 5 to 15.  The Club hired a full-time coach and approximately 10 part-time junior coaches as the Club continued to expand.  A summer program was introduced using facilities at Central Collegiate and Eastview Collegiate.  It was at this time that the Club started to enter meets in Toronto as well as host its own meet. The Barrie Gymnastics Club became incorporated as a non-profit organization in 1986.  In 1989/1990, under the guidance of president Robert Bunford, the Club began actively looking for an alternative location.  In April 1990, we moved into our first permanent facility at 110 Anne St. South, with over 6,000 sq, feet of space. During 1993. The Club officially changed its name to “Barrie Kempettes Gymnastics Club”.    Once again, in 1993/1994 we found ourselves unable to meet the needs of the growing Barrie community.  Our programs were full and we were unable to expand.  In October 1993, Barrie Kempettes moved from Anne St. to 500 Welham Rd. and a 10,000 sq. foot facility.  With the help of Ministry grants, Barrie Kempettes has been fortunate in installing new equipment that has been instrumental in improving the training level of our gymnasts. The Club moved to our present facility at 145 Welham Rd. in February 2001.  This 14,000 sq. foot facility gives us the space we need to meet the demand for quality gymnastics programs in Barrie.  The Barrie Kempettes Gymnastics Club now offers recreational programs in artistic gymnastics, tumbling and trampoline for boys and girls, as well as Provincial and National Competitive programs in Artistic and Tumbling.   In 2004, a Demo Team program was started where gymnasts perform and compete as a team.  The year 2004 also marked the first Robert Bunford Memorial Invitational meet in honour of the Club’s most dedicated President.  Our Board of Directors consists of volunteer parents.  Our Head Coach, Kim Poole, has been coaching for the Club since 1985.  We now employ a Head Coach and an administrator, and up to 25 part-time coaches. Visit Us on Facebook  fb