Vault­ing ta­ble im­proves skills of lo­cal gym­nasts

Whitsunday Times - - COMMUNITY NEWS -

THE Whit­sun­day PCYC’s gym­nas­tics group are the ben­e­fi­cia­ries of a fund­ing boost from the Macrossan and Amiet Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion.

The funds have been used to pur­chase a new $4800 vault­ing ta­ble to al­low lo­cal gym­nasts to com­pete in vault­ing events at re­gional com­pe­ti­tions through­out North Queens­land.

Vault is a gym­nas­tics event in which a gym­nast runs full speed to a spring board perched at the end of a run­way, then springs off the ap­pa­ra­tus in a grace­ful, yet pow­er­ful com­bi­na­tion of flips and twists be­fore land­ing up right on the mat.

Whit­sun­day PCYC branch man­ager Sergeant John Dick­in­son sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion on be­half of the PCYC to the Macrossan and Amiet Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion in June last year.

“Through our gym­nas­tics pro­gram we can get the girls to a spe­cific level but with this new ap­pa­ra­tus they can im­prove their skills to get to the next stage of re­gional com­pe­ti­tions and be more com­pet­i­tive,” he said.

Macrossan and Amiet So­lic­i­tors di­rec­tor An­drew Telford was pleased the funds were be­ing used to sup­port the de­vel­op­ment of lo­cal youth.

“My kids have par­tic­i­pated in taek­wondo and other sport­ing ac­tiv­i­ties at the PCYC and it’s great to see that we have many tal­ented gym­nasts in the com­mu­nity who will ben­e­fit from the new ap­pa­ra­tus,” he said.

“We en­cour­age not-for-profit or­gan­i­sa­tions and reg­is­tered char­i­ties in the lo­cal com­mu­nity to ap­ply to the foun­da­tion.”

Gym­nas­tics is held at the PCYC ev­ery Tues­day, Wed­nes­day and Fri­day with classes for ju­nior de­vel­op­ment, in­ter­me­di­ate and ad­vanced.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the Macrossan and Amiet Char­i­ta­ble Foun­da­tion, visit www.macamiet.com.au/foun­da­tion/.

NEWEQUIPMENT: Macrossan and Amiet So­lic­i­tors di­rec­tor An­drew Telford and Sergeant John Dick­in­son were happy to see gym­nas­tics squad mem­bers Skye Ovari, Josie Bates, Brooke Smith, (back) Shelly Askew and Tia Gibbs mak­ing use of the new $4800 vault­ing ta­ble which was pur­chased with do­nated funds from the Macrossan and Amiet Foun­da­tion.

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