Gymnastics grows support for club

2017-12-05 06:00
Cleopatra Abrahams leads the beginners’ team of Gordon’s Gymnastics Club in Mowbray on Saturday 25 November. PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

Cleopatra Abrahams leads the beginners’ team of Gordon’s Gymnastics Club in Mowbray on Saturday 25 November. PHOTOS: Nomzamo Yuku

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Hundreds of gymnasts dared hot weather to showcase their skills at the end-year function of Gordon’s Gymnastics Club in Mowbray on Saturday 25 November.

In total 250 gymnasts of different skills levels – from beginners to professionals – performed techniques in front of hundreds of supporters.

They were later given certificates of participation. National competitors also received trophies to recognise their hard work.

The gymnasts are aged four to 16.

One member, Nioda Tuckerl, said she joined the club when she was still a toddler.

“My parents introduced me to gymnastics at an early age. I never looked back and it has made me the person I am today. I’m a national competitor and I hope to win the championship one day,” said Tuckerl.

She said she would like to see many children taking part in gymnastics.

“It is not just about sporting and competing but helps you relax and learn balance and teaches you respect,” she said.

Another gymnast, Dylan Greenwood, said he also grew up with the club and gymnastics was a part of his life. He said through it he had made friends and he felt like he was part of a big family.

He said it was good to see the club growing and the community supporting it with not just financial contributions but actually making time to see what they did.

“It is encouraging to see so many people cheering us and enjoying themselves. This will motivate each of the gymnasts to work hard and want to shine during our annual event.”

Club coach Nigel Jacobs said they hosted a year-end function every year to show parents what the children had been taught throughout the year.

This year’s turn out was “amazing”, he said, since the number of supporters exceeded that of participants and they all seemed entertained.

“We communicate with our community members and we have a strong relationship; that is why this event has grown this big. It is the same community and parents that make sure we can afford to pay our daily expenses through their donations. We owe them this much, to show them our yearly achievements and progress.”

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