Gymnastics taking off
FLIPS, balancing on bars and jumping vaults are some of the activities for older children in a new gymnastics club that started up in Beechworth six months ago.
A big hit for children in the area, Indigo Gymnastics that began in July this year has soared to a 90-strong cohort of toddlers to 13 year-olds since then.
With a professional gymnastics background at state level in Canada, founder Erin Machuk who is also a physiotherapist, said she was passionate about the club having a good culture with respect and kindness for children.
“It’s one of the reasons I started the club from my own one for my daughters when we lived in Queensland,” Ms Machuk said.
“We’re trying to do things a little differently in the club with goal setting and children being involved in their skill development where they have a voice.”
Ms Machuk said gymnasts were taught risk taking in a safe environment with guidance from professional coaches.
“We work on mindset too where kids can see how powerful they are and what they can do,” she said.
“My aim is for the club to be a place where people at all ages can get active, have fun and provide another community and social space.”
A good foundation for other sports and injury prevention, Ms Machuk who is combining her physiotherapy skills in teaching the sport, said gymnastics attracted high level playing athletes for balance, coordination, and body awareness as well. PHOTO: Coral Cooksley
Gymnastics Victoria’s General Manager for Gymnastics Development, Alyson Lyons said 135 clubs ran across 150 venues in Victoria with eight clubs in the North East region.
With an average of ten per cent growth every year for last decade Ms Lyons said the sport had increased by 24 per cent over the last 12 months.
“Among factors contributed to growth is that gymnastics provides a safe environment for children to develop fundamental movement skills,” she said.
“The national focus on getting more kids active and moving to reduce child hood obesity and create lifelong physical activity trends has certainly encouraged parents to consider gymnastics as a sport for their children too.”
The club scored well in competitions this year too.
At an August invitational competition held in Shepparton and one held the following month in Moyhu, Indigo Gymnastics’ 10 year-old Kate Cunningham and nine year-old places in their categories for
Among other competitors who gained places were 11 year-old Elora Prentice, and six year-old Lexi Cunningham.
Ms Machuk said the club located at the Montessori school is on the lookout for a permanent larger space to cater for additional programs and age groups.
Sessions that run on Mondays from 3.30pm to 6.30pm for 5 to 13 year olds, and Tues mornings for 18 month to 5 years olds get back into action at the school term start next year.
For more information about the club visit www.indigogymnastics.com.au