SCHOOL holidays are a time for rest and relaxation, well that's unless you're hard at work training like the North West Gymnastics club.
The club has been busily preparing for this month's Tropical Townsville Invitational, making the most of the school break to fine tune ahead of the club's last event of the season.
North West Gymnastics head coach Sally Hollier firmly believes the group of 28, ranging from three to 14, will make an impression.
``We'd really like to finish on a good note,'' Ms Hollier said.
``The guys have been working really hard.
``It's very beneficial for us that the competition is after school holidays.
``It means we get to fit in that extra training over that time.
``The guys have been doing four days a week, anywhere between five or 10 hours a week.
``It will be a very nice way to finish the year off.''
Ms Hollier believes the ability to host smaller classes across the working week in the absence of school has been hugely advantageous for the club.
``We've been able to have smaller groups for longer periods of time, which means you spend more quality time one-on-one,'' she said.
``Everyone's different, they have their own needs.
``Especially having kids from different levels. You can't teach those kids in the same class.
``They've increased their strength training so they're a bit sore.
``But I said to them if you commit to me over the school holidays I'll have you ready for competition.''
``We'd never be able to do it with the time available in the school term.''
The club will be up against Townsville, Cairns, Atherton and Mareeba when they meet from October 18.
In spite of their bigger name rivals, Ms Hollier is confident of bringing home results.
``We are every chance to place at Townsville,'' she said.
``Based on what they do at training.
``The girls do a great job when they get there. The boys also will do well.
``This year we might surprise a few, just based on the time of the year and preparation we've had.
``The coaches have done a lot of work this year.''
The North West Gymnastics Club will host its presentations next month.