Ar­gos cel­e­brates 20 years

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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.

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