Welcome

Welcome to Gymnastics can take you anywhere, a campaign that aims to raise awareness of this unique sport amongst the Australian community. Many individuals lack little to no knowledge of gymnastics which is a little upsetting considering the blood, sweat and tears these gymnasts put into their training.

Over the coming weeks, we’ll be sharing all sorts of stories and events to do with gymnastics to provide you with a better insight into the sport! Additionally we will be providing tips on easy ways YOU can get involved!

To journey with us and make sure you don’t miss a thing – follow us on our Facebook and Twitter pages!

Check out the 3 phases we hope to implement:

Gymnastics can take you anywhere (2)

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-DZ

 

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Get involved today!

After trying to source various local gymnasiums with details on the geographical location for ease of convenience, we implore you to take a visit to any of the gymnasiums if you’re ever nearby. Here’s a breakdown of the gyms in no particular order.

1)    Five Dock Gymnasium 

The Five Dock Leisure Centre Gymnasium is a fully functional and equipped centre that is catered across a wide spectrum of age groups and differing skill levels. The gymnasium is open 7 days a week so no matter how busy you are, there is sure to suitable time slot for YOU! A recommended program is the adult gym class suitable for ages 16 and over. What’s great about this class is that it is a beginner program so there’s no need to be shy if you don’t have the skills of a professional gymnast. Coaches are only there to help and assist without any judgement. The classes can be purchased singularly or in a package so you can be sure to just give it a go first! Click here to check out information of other programs on offer.

2)    Macquarie University gymnastics centre

The gymnasium at Macquarie University is quite intimately spaced, but has all the fundamental equipment necessary. One of the perks of the programs offered here is that they offer FREE TRIALS so you are able to give it a go before committing to any classes. In the Adult Gymnastics classes coaches are willing to work towards achieving your goals no matter what level or disciplinary background you come from. There is a very friendly and safe environment at Macquarie gym so what are you waiting for?

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3)    Bankstown YMCA

Bankstown YMCA offers comprehensive gymnastics programs with classes to suit all ages and abilities. YMCA Gymnastics gives anyone the opportunity to test their limits and try new skills in a supportive and friendly environment. ‘GymFit’ and ‘Teen Gym’ are two popular programs for anyone who just wants to give gymnastics a go, as theses classes do not require any assessments but rather are tailored to learning skills, improving fitness and meeting new peers.  ‘GymFit’ is not just aimed at teaching gymnastics skills but it also caters for individuals who are looking to develop a fitness style and to be able to maintain that over their lifetime. You can trial any of the classes for a discounted price of $15 so be sure to book in a class soon! 

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What are you waiting for? Register at your nearest gymnasium today and give gymnastics a try today!

-DZ

Spotlight on Sydney Olympic Park Gymnasium

Welcome to our final phase! So now that you’ve heard from players in the field the benefits of the sport. The question remaining is how do I get involved? This phase is all about suggesting popular gymnasiums so YOU can get involved in this spectacular sport!

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Today we will be spotlighting Sydney Olympic Park Gymnasium, as it is NSW’s premier artistic gymnastics training venue. This venue is spectacular as it has the full apparatus for both the men’s and women’s gymnastics. That means the floor, beam, bars, vault, pommel horse, high bar and rings are all available to you. The equipment is all very user-friendly and suitable even if you’re a first-timer or beginner.  The large foam pit and assortment of landing mats creates a more comforting environment to attempt new skills.

What programs would be most suitable?

Sydney Olympic Park provides a very welcoming ‘Open Gym’ session every Sunday from 6-9pm, where people from a variety of sporting backgrounds come together to do some fun gymnastics. This program is open to everyone but generally catered towards males and females who are 16 and over. The coaches all have an intermediate accreditation or higher so you will be in experienced hands. The first hour of these sessions include: warm up, flexibility training, strength work and coordination exercises. The next two hours are devoted more to tumbling, apparatus based skills as well as individual skills and drills. The range of people from beginners to ex-gymnasts makes the training more exciting and interesting as ex-gymnasts are always willing to give advice to newcomers.

How can you get involved today?

To get involved today simply give them a call on 9714 7600 or for more information visit their website.

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-DZ

5 emotional gains from gymanstics

Gymnastics is a very unique sport in the way that it teaches you lifelong skills without even realising.

1)    Determination and dedication: Gymnastics is a very emotionally and physically demanding sport that requires countless hours of practice. Through a regular training regime, gymnasts learn the importance of dedication towards the sport to achieve results. A determined mindset can also be gradually achieved by knowing how to take incremental steps to achieve set goals.

2)    Self-discipline: Self-discipline is achieved when being involved in gymnastics, as you need to have control over your eating habits. Temptations are always surrounding you and although at times it is fine to treat yourself, you learn to have a balanced diet. Not only do you learn about your diet habits, it’s all about the regularity of training as well. Gymnastics is a physically demanding sport which requires self-discipline in doing your strength properly and attending regular training sessions.

3)    Improve concentration and focus: The skills learnt in gymnastics can sometimes be risky movements so gymnasts learn how to focus appropriately before attempting these skills. If their concentration lapses for even a split second, this could result in an injury. Concentration and the ability to focus are life skills that are required all the time.  
4)    Patience: Gymnastics teaches you a lot about the value of patience. Learning new skills is a very tedious and repetitive process. You have to practice skills thousands of times to achieve them. At first, this this can be frustrating but over time it is a very rewarding experience. Additionally, you learn to be patient with your coach as they have years of experience so taking their advice on board is beneficial to improving your skills.

5)    Social interaction: Since gymnastics is both a team and individual sport it helps enhance your social skills. When competing as a team you learn to interact and support your teammates and help them overcome their weaknesses and further their strengths. After training with your squad on a weekly basis you gain a strong sense of belonging as you learn a lot about one another.

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-DZ

 

Top 5 health benefits of gymnastics

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You can be easily mesmerised by the sheer talent and athleticism that elite gymnasts show, but did you know that participating in this sport could provide YOU with health benefits too!

1)    Flexibility: Flexibility is a core factor in gymnastics as it aids the movements during and in between skills of a routine. Increasing flexibility doesn’t happen overnight, as it’s very much a gradual process. While it may seem gruelling work, becoming more flexible has its benefits, such as providing you with a greater range of motion in your body.  

2)    Dynamic balance: The balance beam in gymnastics is devoted to this concept of balance, which is essential in real life. Everything you do requires balance as without it you would not even be able to do simple tasks such as walking, running or even sitting.  

3)    Coordination: Coordination is needed to perform most skills in gymnastics. Some skills require you to connect multiple elements together at once. Without coordination – it is very hard to do so. Additionally, being aware of coordination will also act as a preventative measure. You will be at less risk of injuring yourself and having the ability to naturally correct body alignment when walking, standing or jumping.

4)    Disease prevention: as gymnastics is a sport that requires you to be able to bear your own weight, it helps you develop sturdier and denser bones from a young age. The strength gained from gymnastics overtime can reduce the chances of developing bone related problems such as osteoporosis later on in life.

5)    Strength: Gymnastics is a great sport that builds up your upper body, lower body and core strength. Greater strength in one particular part of the body is not ideal as there is a chance you will rely on it more and potentially overuse it leading to problems in the future. However, in gymnastics you do equal amounts of strength for all parts of your body in order to develop lean, toned muscles and a better posture.

-DZ

Past the training

In the first questionnaire we asked ex-gymnasts why they liked gymnastics. Today we will be looking deeper into their experiences by asking them what their fondest memory of the sport is. We ask these gymnasts for a response to this question with the hope of giving YOU the courage to try out gymnastics too! Let’s take a look at their responses.

What is your fondest memory of gymnastics?

Trusting in your coaches and yourself to learn all the skills. I remember whenever I was learning a new skill, doing it for the first time would always be the hardest but knowing that my coaches were there to support me gave me extra motivation to try. It would always be scary but trusting that my coaches only told me to try the skill because they believed I could do it, helped me to also believe in myself. – Kimberly Thoo

My fondest memory of gymnastics is competing at the Border Challenge, a competition between NSW, QLD and ACT. This was my final year of gymnastics and it was great to be accepted into an interstate competition where strong new friendships were formed and a completely new competition experience was gained. I will never forget competing in Qld as we also got to participate in a variety of exciting and enjoyable team building exercises.  – Gillian Thornton

At gym I always enjoyed going to bars. Whilst we all had to rotate and have a go at our routine, we also sat to the side waiting. We often made jokes and generally just had a lot of fun. If someone had gotten a new skill, we’d all be right there to see; if someone was having a bad day, they could come and sit down and be cheered up by the team; and if we were a being put through strength days, we’d all have each other to maintain motivation and keep pushing through the pain. Having time with my teammates always cheered me up and it was the highlight of training in my opinion. – Maddy Sabuils

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-DZ

Get to know Emma Nedov

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Emma Nedov, 20 years of age is a member of the Australian Gymnastics Women’s Team that competed earlier this year at the Rio test event. In 2014 her and her team did extremely well, placing 7th at the World Championships.

Check out the interview below, where we had the opportunity to get personal and gain new insights into both Emma’s life and gymnastics.

1) How have you been feeling post the test event in Rio and not being able to compete at the Rio Olympics?

Pretty much after the test event when we realised we didn’t make it there were obviously mixed emotions within the team. We all sat down and had a chat about it. Personally, when I came back I thought to myself is this really worth continuing because we don’t really get a lot out of this and another 4 years is a long time to put your life on hold. I had a 3 month break to clear my head and a lot of the girls did the same thing – had some time off to think things through. I’ve pretty much decided that I’ll give it a shot for at least another 2 years, just till Commonwealth Games. However, I’m just going to see how it goes.

2) Was it quite shocking news to you guys that you didn’t make the team or were you semi prepared?

We weren’t full expecting it because we had a lot of hope. Since worlds in 2015 we had improved honestly so much but it just happened to be that the other teams did as well. We had already been behind, pretty much luck of the draw. We actually put out one of our best performances and were only 0.2 points behind.

3) What do you think about the gymnastics funding system in Australia?

The funding system in Australia for all sports goes off a ranking system and if the sport has potential of winning medals for Australia. At the moment gymnastics not just as women’s gymnastics but also as a whole we’re not that good compared to the rest of the world, which is due to various reasons. One being our population size, only 1% are elite gymnasts. Whereas in America, there is so many people doing it and gymnastics is a big sport to them. When there is a competition on there is so much hype around it, it’s like our rugby event for us.

4) How is U.S gymnastics different to Australian gymnastics?

Their system of how they become Olympic gymnasts is completely different to our system. In Australia there is a levels stream and elite stream, you are put in one or the other and you don’t really venture out of it. They are brought up completely different; the coaching level is extremely different as well. There seems to be significantly less girls in the elite stream as it is much tougher I suppose. In the USA, everyone starts at level 1 and you go up and up till you reach level 10. Their level 10 gymnasts are as good as our elite gymnasts. Then you compete at a competition and qualify to become an elite gymnast. Once you are an elite gymnast you go to national camps to be selected for the Olympics but if you don’t want to go to the Olympics you can get a scholarship and go to college. It works completely different and that’s why there are so many people doing it.

5) Do you think that part of the reason for Australian’s gymnastics results are due to the fact that there is a lack of funding in this area?

Yes and no. In 2014 we came 7th at Worlds, it was amazing I was on the team. And pretty much in 2015 lots of people got injured including myself and the team came 14th at Worlds.  I wouldn’t say that funding had anything to do with that because we have never had a lot of funding but been able to produce good results. I think it’s more so that as a result of lack of funding a lot of girls don’t make it as far as we have. I wouldn’t say funding is the reason for our poor results but definitely a contributing factor to why we don’t have enough elite girls so when people get injured it’s hard for us as we don’t have many replacements at our level.

6) What are your thoughts about WAIS shutting down?

As heartbreaking as it is, I understand it, as they have not produced any results since 2010. They have been getting their funding off Lauren’s standing and she’s retired now. They shut their men’s program down years ago so I think it was to be expected that the women’s program was going to be shut down soon.

7) What has gymnastics taught you in life?

That’s a tough question! I would say a lot of things to be honest. It teaches you to grow up really quickly and to mature and deal with situations that a normal kid wouldn’t deal with. Such as travelling with your parents at the age of 12; you go to competitions and you have nerves, which you have to learn how to deal with. It teaches you a lot of discipline and I would say overall gymnastics gives you good life lessons and I think lots of children should do it.

8) What do you hope to do in the future?

At the moment like I said, I’m focusing on gymnastics and I’ll be training for another 2 years and try for Commonwealth Games. But I’m also at that point in life where I want to get a job and I want to figure out what I want to do at uni – I’m still unsure about what I want to study at uni.
(Interview conducted: 26th September 2016)

-DZ

Phase 2 in action!

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Welcome to Phase 2 – here we will be providing you with the benefits of gymnastics as well as some real personal accounts and an exclusive interview with Senior National Team Member Emma Nedov.

By asking ex-gymnasts their thoughts on gymnastics, we gain a personal insight into what this sport means to them and can learn from their positive experiences. It’s hard to really get to know a sport without having some emotional exposure so here are some responses from a few ex-gymnasts.

Why do you like gymnastics?

It’s a really good way to keep fit, strong and flexible while not being boring. Training as a team helps to keep motivation and makes the exercise more enjoyable. I like how interesting and how many different skills there are to learn, and the best is definitely showing off cooler skills to friends and getting to eat as much as I want without weight gaining consequences – Jessica Wang

I like gymnastics because it is so much more than just a sport; it taught me a lot of discipline and resilience. It also made me much more determined in life, as I had to keep trying and trying to learn a new skill. Gymnastics also taught me time management as I did not have as much time as other kids to get homework done and still socialise with friends. – Anonymous

I like gymnastics as it teaches you many valuable life skills. Throughout my 9 years of training I learnt the value of hard work and self-determination, that in order to achieve your goals you need to truly put your mind to the task. These skills are translatable into everyday life and have helped me in many other aspects. I would have to say the best features are the fact that there is always something new which you are working towards, and by achieving your goal, whether it be to master a new skill or to earn a certain place in competition, you have a great sense of accomplishment. – Gillian Thornton

Not only is gymnastics a sport with a range of skills but it also enables you to stay fit and socialise while keeping up your strength and flexibility without even knowing you’re doing so. Gymnastics to me is a great sport as it’s a guide to learning new tricks and techniques as well as being able to consume those calories without having to worry about keeping them. – Celeste Vinci

-DZ