Pole vault gym leaps from Hanover to West Creek

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Xtreme Heights will open a sports facility in the West Creek Business Park.
(Mike Platania)

A new indoor sports facility is in the works in Goochland, but first it must clear a bar set by the county.

Xtreme Heights Pole Vault, a 15,000-square-foot pole-vaulting and gymnastics center, is preparing to open at 12830 West Creek Parkway in the West Creek Business Park.

Owner Val Osipenko, a former Russian national team pole vaulter and coach at UVA who started Xtreme Heights in 1998, had been running the business out of the Gym Quest Gymnastics facility at 2196 Lanier Lane in Hanover.

He said the larger space allows him to expand his brand, Xtreme Heights Gymnastics, in addition to having more room for the existing pole vault operation. The gymnastics side will be led by his wife Nadia, who has been the girls’ head gymnastics coach at Gym Quest.

“We’ll have plenty of room to serve the community,” Osipenko said. “We’re just trying to set it up now; we still need more equipment.”

Osipenko said he plans to open the facility in January. It will have pole-vaulting pads, balance beams, uneven bars, a gymnastics floor and weightlifting equipment.

The gym will offer recreational sessions and private coaching and training. Many of its athletes compete at the middle-school to collegiate level.

Among the athletes who have trained with Osipenko at Xtreme Heights is Lizzie Powell, a former Patrick Henry High School track star and recent Olympic hopeful.

Xtreme Heights is applying for a conditional use permit through Goochland County to operate the facility in West Creek, which is zoned as industrial. A hearing is set for Dec. 7.

The sports facility would share a lot with Kindred Spirit Brewing, just west of State Route 288.

Another locally owned sports training center is in the works south of the city. RISE Baseball is preparing to break ground on a $2.3 million facility in Chesterfield County.

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