Club steps into new gym pro­gram

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport -

Na­timuk and District Gym­nas­tic Club has started its first ‘Step into Gym’ pro­gram.

Classes are coached by Drew Fraser and pro­vide a bridge be­tween the club’s kinder­gym and after-school pro­grams.

Fraser, who also coaches kinder­gym, said the new pro­gram gives lit­tle gym­nasts the op­por­tu­nity to ‘take their gym­nas­tics to the next level’ be­fore reach­ing school age.

“I would say it is the miss­ing link be­tween kinder­gym and our after-school pro­gram,” she said.

“Some of the chil­dren in kinder­gym who are still not at an age to do after-school classes would say, ‘what’s next?’

“And we also had oth­ers who found the jump be­tween the two pro­grams quite dif­fi­cult.”

Fraser, re­turn­ing to the club after four years at univer­sity, said the new pro­gram would teach ba­sic gym­nas­tic skills and un­like kinder­gym, does not re­quire par­ent par­tic­i­pa­tion.

“The chil­dren will learn how to per­form skills safely and cor­rectly, how to get on and off equip­ment and learn shapes, while par­ents sit in the view­ing area,” she said.

“We al­ready have good num­bers and my first class went re­ally well, so I see it as some­thing that will keep go­ing.”

Club pres­i­dent Amanda Carracher said adult gym classes would also re­turn to the club.

“It has been four or five years since we have run adult gym,” she said.

“They are recre­ational classes to learn fit­ness, strength and gym­nas­tics skills in a fun, so­cial en­vi­ron­ment, and all abil­i­ties are wel­come.

“We’re try­ing to ex­pand the club and give peo­ple more op­por­tu­nity, be­cause we have the fa­cil­i­ties to use.”

The Step into Gym pro­gram runs on Mon­day and Thurs­day from 11.30am to 12.30pm.

Adult gym runs ev­ery Mon­day from 6.30pm to 8pm.

STEP UP: Na­timuk and District Gym­nas­tic Club coach Drew Fraser with Step into Gym par­tic­i­pant Matilda Stan­ley. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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