In September 1972, the University of Alberta’s athletic division announced the formation of a competitive gymnastics team. The team was to be for boys and girls, ages 10 to 16 - The Bounders Gymnastics Club.
In 1976 Edmonton became home to a second gymnastics club: The Edmonton Society for Gymnastics Fitness or Gym-Fit, as they would become known. Soon after Gym-Fit’s establishment, the 2 Edmonton gymnastics clubs decided to combine their efforts to increase gymnastics excellence in Edmonton. In 1979, Gym-Fit and Bounders successfully obtained a one-year lease for the Ortona Armoury, which was located at 101 Street and 97 Avenue in Edmonton Alberta.
Amalgamation of the 2 clubs followed in September 1980 under the name The Bounder/Gym-Fit Club. But by November 7, 1980, the name officially changed to The Ortona Gymnastics Club.
Due to rising costs, a new venue was sought, and in March 1988, the bubble took shape and housed Ortona for the next 23 years.
In the summer of 2011, Ortona Gymnastics Club returned to University of Alberta as a partner of the GO Community Centre (GCC) at the Saville Community Sports Centre after ‘The Bubble’ was finally ‘popped’ in September of that year.
Through our continued dedication to gymnastics and healthy lifelong fitness, Ortona continues to be Edmonton’s premier gymnastics club and a leader in the gymnastics community.