Get­ting bal­ance right

The Advocate (Perth) - - SPORT -

MALAGA-based West Coast Gym­nasts Inc com­mit­tee mem­ber Spiro San­ders says the club shares the philoso­phies and val­ues of the True Sport cam­paign through of­fer­ing free op­por­tu­ni­ties to the com­mu­nity.

True Sport is co-or­di­nated through the Depart­ment of Lo­cal Gov­ern­ment, Sport and Cul­tural In­dus­tries and sup­ported by Sport and Recre­ation Min­is­ter Mick Mur­ray.

Mr San­ders is a life mem­ber and has been vol­un­teer­ing at the club for more than 25 years, where he served as pres­i­dent for 12 years.

He re­cently re­tired af­ter more than 45 years in the po­lice force.

The club has more than 300 mem­bers.

Mr San­ders said dur­ing his time he ran sev­eral fundrais­ing ven­tures and sausage siz­zles to help pro­vide a “sus­tain­able fu­ture” for the next gen­er­a­tion of gym­nasts.

“We proudly now have three gen­er­a­tions of fam­i­lies working and train­ing in the club,” he said.

“See­ing first-hand how sport ben­e­fits not only in­di­vid­u­als but also the com­mu­nity brings me much pride and no doubt makes our com­mu­nity vi­brant and keeps our kids off the street.

“Gym­nas­tics as a whole has sup­ported True Sport from the be­gin­ning, as we strongly share the philoso­phies and val­ues sup­ported by the or­gan­i­sa­tion.

“As a not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tion we are not only fam­ily-friendly but also com­mu­nity-fo­cused and can of­ten be seen out in the com­mu­nity of­fer­ing free op­por­tu­ni­ties for chil­dren to try gym­nas­tics and learn about mov­ing their bod­ies safely.”

Mr San­ders said giv­ing chil­dren the op­por­tu­nity to not only be part of some­thing that they en­joy but teach them valu­able life skills kept him mo­ti­vated to keep on vol­un­teer­ing.

“Hav­ing now re­tired from the po­lice force, I plan to ded­i­cate my spare time at the club and within the lo­cal com­mu­nity, so will be working on up­com­ing new projects, some of which in­clude fundrais­ing for new equip­ment and im­prov­ing fa­cil­i­ties,” he said.

For in­for­ma­tion about the club, call 9249 3535 or visit www.west­coast­gym. org.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from Australia

© PressReader. All rights reserved.