Gymnastics get good wins

ALL SMILES: Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch presents North West Gymnastics's Kylie Brooke and Veronica Marsh a community grants cheque. Photo: Derek Barry

ALL SMILES: Mount Isa Mayor Joyce McCulloch presents North West Gymnastics's Kylie Brooke and Veronica Marsh a community grants cheque. Photo: Derek Barry

It has been a good week for North West Gymnastics, with a couple of wins outside of the sporting arena.

On Saturday, the group’s Sally Hollier took the Customer Service Hero Award for the Community Sector at the EMO Trans 2016 Northern Outback Business Awards – an award proudly sponsored by the North West Star.

That was on top of the news that the club had just won a community grant from Mount Isa City Council.

North West Gymnastics’ Kylie Brooke said they had scored around $2500 from the program which provides financial assistance to local community organisations that undertake projects and events that make positive contributions to the quality of life in the Mount Isa region. 

“We are going to use the money to run an intermediate coaches program at our Flower St gymnastics facility,” Ms Brooke said.

We are going to use the money to run an intermediate coaches program at our Flower St gymnastics facility - Kylie Brooke

“Gymnastics Queensland will send out a facilitator to Mount Isa who will run the course for a day and a half for our beginner coaches.”

Ms Brooke said this would assist their beginner coaches who are completing the online component of their studies before they complete the face to face component.

But the intermediate coaches course is not just open to their beginner coaches, Ms Brooke said.

“We are opening it up to anyone else in town so if Leichhardt Gymnastics have coaches they need to get qualified, they can come along,” she said.

“It is open also to schools for their teachers to come along.”

Ms Brooke said Gymnastics Queensland said they would waiver the RPL (Recognised Prior Learning) for teachers so they don’t need to complete the beginners course.

“So they can step in and do the intermediate course, that will allow them to become qualified as coaches anmd they can apply for government support to run gymnastics courses at their schools or come to our gym with our facilities,” she said.

North West Gymnastics plan to run the intermediate coaches program on October 29-30.

It will be a boost to a club that already has over 500 students.

Ms Brooke said the recent move to the new venue at Flower St in June has helped them considerably.

“It’s a larger facility, it offers more to us,” she said.

“We also have more coaches on board now which means we can have increased class sizes.”

She said gymnastics was a sport that appealed to all age groups.

“We run adults gymnastics classes on Monday and Tuesday nights, we run Jungle Gym for under fours on Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday mornings and we also run recreational classes like trampolining and ActiveBods on the weekend.”

The centre also hosts birthday parties on Wednesday mornings and all day Sunday.

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