Argos celebrates 20 years
Argos Gymsport Tauranga is celebrating 20 years of being in its gymnasium building on Koromiko Street this week.
The building was officially opened by thenmayor Stuart Crosby on November 14, 1998.
Argos Gymnastics Club Inc. was first formed in 1991 with the amalgamation of four local gymnastics clubs— Tauranga,
tumoetai, Te Puna and Mount Maunganui.
The mission of the new Argos Gymnastic Club was to develop fundamentals, fun, fitness and friendship and “to assist in the development of the whole person in order to assist them in the basic skills of life”.
They had previously been in Fraser St.
When the club moved to Judea, they shared the facility with a boat building company.
Centre manager Amy O’Neil says growth of the club meant they required more room. The committee at the time had the foresight to purchase the building, she says. Now they havemore than 500 gymnasts enrolled in gymsports including preschool, recreation, trampoline, teen, rhythmic and competitive groups for girls and boys.
Argos stands for artistic, rhythmic, general organisation of sports. It is also the name of two Greek heroes— one a warrior showing strength and power (the gymnast) the other with 100 eyes (the coach), Amy says.
The club is the only fully setup gymnastics centre in Tauranga.
They are affiliatedwith national sports organisation GymnasticsNew Zealand.
Last month the New Zealand Gymnastics Championships were held at the ASB Baypark arena.
The event required 180 volunteers, and Amy says many were from Argos.
“The equipment required for this event was supported by our club offering the uses of our brand new sprung floor, men’s parallel bars and matting and women’s balance beam and matting alongwith vault run up, warm upmats, spotting blocks and spring boards.”
About 17 Argos members competed as part of the Bay of Plenty squad.
It’s been 20 years since Argos Gymsport Tauranga opened their doors at Koromiko St.