Gym leaps in to new fu­ture

Sunshine Coast Daily - Caloundra Weekly - - NEWS - Carly Cullen Carly.Cullen@sc­

IT’S OF­FI­CIAL, the YMCA Caloun­dra gym­nas­tics cen­tre is un­der new man­age­ment.

The found­ing staff mem­ber of the Caloun­dra cen­tre, Trevor Dowdell, is back work­ing with staff to build an op­ti­mistic fu­ture for the cen­tre.

For two years Mr Dowdell col­lab­o­rated with the Sun­shine Coast Re­gional Coun­cil and the Bris­bane YMCA to cre­ate the gym­nas­tics and com­mu­nity cen­tre in the Caloun­dra Cen­tral Park Sport and Re­cre­ation Precinct.

The Bris­bane YMCA leased land around the Arthur St Sports Hall from the Sun­shine Coast Re­gional Coun­cil to pro­vide a two-build­ing YMCA Caloun­dra cen­tre of 1400sqm.

Mr Dowdell said “the YMCA is a com­mu­nity-based and benev­o­lent or­gan­i­sa­tion that pro­vides hugely var­ied ed­u­ca­tion and char­i­ta­ble works in South East Queens­land.

“Sport and re­cre­ation are a ma­jor part of their ser­vices. The YMCA Caloun­dra gym­nas­tics cen­tre is keen to re-build a pos­i­tive gym­nas­tics ex­pe­ri­ence and a valu­able phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion for the Caloun­dra com­mu­nity”.

The re-build has in­cluded new store-rooms, seat­ing ar­eas with tele­vi­sions and sup­ple­men­tary mat­ting and equip­ment.

YMCA Caloun­dra’s Shirley Owen said “but more is to come with the de­vel­op­ment and em­ploy­ment of new staff, a ma­jor de­vel­op­ment of the com­mu­nity hall, ex­tra pro­vi­sion of mem­ber ser­vices and out-reach to many com­mu­nity groups.

“Gym­nas­tics is a crit­i­cal phys­i­cal ed­u­ca­tion for young peo­ple, and we plan to pro­vide bet­ter ser­vices to the greater Caloun­dra area,” Mr Dowdell said.


GYM­NAS­TICS FOR ALL: YMCA Caloun­dra’s Trevor Dowdell sees gym­nas­tics mov­ing for­ward in the area.

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