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Gymnasts disrupt flight

The following letter was sent to Castanet from the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre regarding this matter:

The Okanagan Gymnastics Centre (OGC) apologizes for the athlete disruption on a recent Air Canada flight from Calgary to Kelowna.

The situation came to our attention after viewing the news story on Castanet.  The two athletes are indeed from OGC and were returning from a competition in Texas. 

Both athletes have apologized to the club for their behaviour.  And further apologize to those on the Air Canada flight who felt their behaviour was putting the passengers at risk.  The club will be dealing with this matter internally through a disciplinary hearing.

On behalf of OGC, we also apologize to the passengers on the flight. And ensure that this type of behaviour is not acceptable and will be dealt with immediately with these athletes and all the athletes that represent the club. Whenever travelling, OGC expresses to our athletes that they are representing OGC and the Okanagan community and respectful behaviour is expected at all times whether they are travelling as a team or independently.

A passenger on an Air Canada flight from Kelowna to Calgary is expressing concern after a group of youths began doing gymnastics at the front of the plane.

According to the passenger, the group performed head stands, hand stands and other acrobatics down the aisle.

The passenger, who did not wish to be identified, says the antics were unsafe and inconsiderate, and feared being kicked in the head or having something broken in the plane.

The flight attendant apparently did not view the incident and was at the back of the plane, claimed the passenger.

The group were allegedly wearing Okanagan Gymnastics Centre t-shirts. Calls to the Okanagan Gymnastics Centre were not returned.

Air Canada responded in a letter to Castanet explaining that the incident was unusual, but that the company does not condone this type of behaviour.  A media representative says they will be looking into the matter.

Were you on the flight, did you think these teens were performing unsafe antics on the plane? Let us know contact [email protected]


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