Gym­nast re­turns home to train lo­cal kids

Deniliquin Pastoral Times - - JUMP ROPE FOR HEART DAY -

Tah­nee Hart has re­turned home to do what she loves, hav­ing re­cently taken over as the head coach at the De­niliquin Gym­nas­tics Club.

Tah­nee has spent the past five years man­ag­ing gym­nas­tics pro­grams in Syd­ney where she gained a wide range of pro­gram and coach­ing experience, from be­gin­ners to ad­vanced.

Her ca­reer in gym­nas­tics started in Deni, where she was trained by Lisa Barnes and Me­lanie Dodd as a teenager.

Now 26 years old she re­turned af­ter re­ceiv­ing a call from De­niliquin Sports & En­ter­tain­ment Sta­dium man­ager John Arthur.

‘‘It’s quite sur­real to be coach­ing where it all be­gan,’’ Tah­nee said.

‘‘I started here with Lisa and Mel be­fore I be­came team leader of a Kin­der­gym pro­gram at the Syd­ney Gym­nas­tics and Aquatic Cen­tre, which is the largest state-of-the-art gym­nas­tics fa­cil­ity in Aus­tralia.

‘‘I worked with high level coaches to gain knowl­edge to use when I coach and now I’ve brought that back to Deni.’’

Tah­nee is aim­ing to put in place a com­pet­i­tive pro­gram for Women’s Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics in De­niliquin.

This will give lo­cal gym­nasts the op­por­tu­nity to progress through the Aus­tralian Lev­els Pro­gram and com­pete in dis­ci­plines like vault, bal­ance beam, un­even bars and floor rou­tines.

‘‘I want to help kids reach their gym­nas­tics goals,’’ she said.

‘‘It’s all about build­ing self con­fi­dence and mak­ing sure that ev­ery­one en­joys them­selves.’’

For more in­for­ma­tion or to book your child in for an as­sess­ment contact Tah­nee by email at de­niliquingym­nas­tic­sclub@out­ or call (03) 5881 4100.

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