Waikanae Gymnastics Turn 30

A proud record

By Kay Brown

gymnastics kidsLast month the Waikanae Gymnastic Club celebrated 30 years. Their first classes were run in August 1984. Since that time thousands of Waikanae children have attended classes.

With all their club coaches still giving their time voluntarily the club has managed to keep its costs to families very affordable.

Celebrating success

The club celebrated with a Festival for the children on the Sunday during the day, and a dinner that evening. It was a very special evening with all seven life members attending and an eighth coach was made a life member on the night.

These life members have collectively given the community approximately 120 years of voluntary coaching.

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(Life Members. Kay Brown, Yvonne Oliver, Catherine Fleming, Liz Monk, Mary Dinniss, Janet Weber, Karen Fitzgerald and Karen Backler.)

Many highlights for the club

Over the years the club has had many highlights.

  • In earlier years a number of competitive gymnasts represented the club at Gymnastic Nationals.
  • In more recent years the club has changed focus to promoting Display Gymnastics. Since then members of the club have performed internationally at World and Australian Gymnaestradas as well as many festivals in New Zealand.
  • In an effort to take Display to another level the club has hosted a student from The Ollerup Physical Education Academy in Denmark – the home of performance gymnastics.
  • Also two junior coaches have received scholarships to attend the Academy for a year’s tuition.

Keeping the show running

It is becoming increasingly difficult for the club to attract enough volunteers, but they are determined to try and continue on with their voluntary model as long as it is possible. Most Clubs throughout the country now pay their coaches, which means that their fees are correspondingly a lot higher.

The club operates from the Waikanae Memorial Hall a fabulous venue, but this does require the equipment to be put up and taken down twice each week.

The Club is always grateful for anyone in the community offering to join their coaching team, or assist with equipment “set ups”. Families assisting with these roles are granted fee relief.