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Meet Our Champions – Jon Schwaiger

Residence: Caledonia, ON
Club: Dynamo Gymnastics
Coach: Denis Vachon

How did you first get involved in gymnastics?

I started in parent and tot and recreational gymnastics. I had a bleeding disorder growing up, so the soft mats and foam was a good alternative to the “dangers” of other sports.

How many hours of training do you have to put in daily?

With the out-of-gym conditioning and in gym training, I average about 3 hours of training.

How do you balance the demands of training for both DMT and tumbling?

I don’t find the demand of balancing two events too overbearing as I have always done it throughout my trampoline and tumbling career. I do have different goals for both events. That being said, depending on what I am working towards, I might focus on one event more than the other. However, both events get trained daily.

What about gymnastics has kept you interested in the sport?

The never-ending challenge. There is always more you can do, and there’s always something you can learn.

What has been your greatest accomplishment in your gymnastics career to date?

Either winning the 2017 Nationals, breaking the record of most national tumbling titles, or the 2017 World Games where I placed 4th in both, DMT, and Tumbling.

Describe yourself in three words.

Dedicated, passionate, and determined.

What is your favourite event and why?

Power tumbling is my favourite event. It’s fast and it’s explosive. So much can happen in that 10-12 seconds whether it’s planned or not. It keeps you engaged and wanting more.

What is your advice for the next generation of gymnasts?

Train hard and have fun with what you’re doing.

What’s the best advice you have ever received?

Have fun. Enjoy the time in the sport while you can and also help others and give back when possible.

What are your goals for this year and the future?

My goals for 2019 are to continue the streak at nationals, set a new Canadian difficulty record in tumbling, make finals at the World Championships, and be the first to compete a triple layout off of the DMT.

My future goals are to make the 2021 World Games team.

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