Children jump into gymnastics
Hundreds of Matamata-Piako primary school children gave gymnastics a go at the Gymsports Festival at the Morrinsville Events Centre.
KiwiSport Gymsport Waikato Festival co-ordinator Haidee Farmilo said there were 350 children at the event, up from 200 last year. Sixteen schools from the Matamata- Piako district participated in the nationwide programme, she said.
‘‘The time-table is a piece of art work,’’ she said.
Morrinsville College gymnastics students were judges on the day, which included artistic gymnastics, such as vault, floor and beam, trampoline, rhythmic gymnastics such as cheer-leading, aerobics and hip hop, performances.
Farmilo said she had visited the schools to show students the routines before the event, with a DVD and gymsports manual offered to schools for a small fee.
The Piako Gymnastics Club organised the equipment and volunteers for the festival, with Sportsforce Gymsports helping to liaise the event.
Sportsforce Waikato development officer Margaret Wilton said gymnastics was a movementbased sport that taught children fundamental skills.
‘‘The kids can come to gain and practise these skills and that will help them for all sports,’’ she said.
It is the sixth year the gymsport festival has been run for Matamata-Piako schools.
BALANCING ACT: Zoey Fannin, 7, from Matamata Primary School practices on the low beam.