More than 40 local gymnasts have spent the weekend perfecting their tricks and routines ahead of the regional Gymnastics Championships this Saturday, September 16.
The competition will see more than 150 gymnasts from clubs in Denmark, Narrogin, Katanning, Busselton, Dumbleyung and Albany compete in both men’s and women’s artistic gymnastics, tumbling and trampolining.
Esperance Twilight Aerials Gymnastic Academy Head coach Sharon Woods said the Go for 2&5 Southern Regional Gymnastics Association’s Regional Championships were the main event of the year for the academy.
“Attendees prepare all of term 3 for the competition,” she said.
“Some of our new ones are a little bit nervous about what to expect and some of our regular attendees are still feeling a little bit nervous but are quietly confident.
“It’s great to see how they start improving and really putting in 100 per cent.
“Some of them are really driven and we do have some high achievers.”
Ms Woods said the annual gymnastics competition allowed regional gymnasts the opportunity to compete with those in similar training facilities and of a similar skill level.
With two valuable coaches leaving the academy in 2019, Ms Woods said the group were looking for new coaches to come aboard in order to maintain the current program.
“At the moment we have around 165 current members and we have got more than 30 on the waiting list so to even maintain our current program we will need some new people to come onboard,” she said.
“It would be awesome if we could get someone who was willing to look to the future and work their way up to an advanced accreditation but we’d be happy to take anybody who would be interested in helping us to maintain our club as it is.
“We’re quite happy to train and there are coaching accreditation courses available that they would have to attend.
“They need a beginner accreditation and they would be a supervisor under that level.
“To take a class independently, coaches need to have an intermediate accreditation.
“Over the last few years we’ve really built the club up.
“We’ve worked our way up to having our own premises and we’ve got good equipment and have built up our numbers.
“After all of that work, it would be sad to have to pull back a little bit.”
To get involved or to find out more about the coaching positions available, visit the Academy’s Facebook Page.