Gym club builds con­fi­dence

Matamata Chronicle - - Welcome To Matamata - By TERESA HAT­TAN

Young peo­ple mov­ing to the Mata­mata area have plenty to keep their minds and bod­ies busy.

One way is by get­ting in­volved in the Mata­mata Gym Club.

The group, which is based out of Headon Sta­dium for chil­dren aged 5-14, has been run­ning in Mata­mata for 20 years, pos­si­bly longer.

Club trea­surer Emma Har­ri­son said Mata­mata Gym Club was a place for chil­dren to learn about gym­nas­tics. ‘‘ We are a recre­ational club, so what that means is that we don’t send our kids to com­pe­ti­tions but if they do want to get in­volved in that, there are other av­enues for them to do so. Here we of­fer good, ba­sic gym foun­da­tional skills.

‘‘We of­fer good con­di­tion­ing and it’s a place that all kids can come and have a go. ‘‘It’s not su­per com­pet­i­tive.’’ The club is made up of stu­dents from a range of schools across the area, and par­ents and coaches add to what is al­ready taught in schools. ‘‘Gym club gives them a chance to fur­ther their skills,’’ Emma says.

It is also a place for chil­dren to stay ac­tive while as­sist­ing with flex­i­bil­ity and strength.

‘‘I know my girls af­ter a year of gym are al­ways far more co­or­di­nated and they’re cer­tainly stronger. Con­fi­dence is a big thing too. For a kid, fling­ing your­self around on the rings is ac­tu­ally a big deal and here they get the con­fi­dence to do it,’’ Emma says.

Lexi Han­dle on the par­al­lel bars.

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