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Gymnastics For Kids in Canberra

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Published September 7th 2018
Have fun and get fit while tumbling about
When we think of sports in Australia, we usually think of cricket, rugby league, AFL, swimming and netball.

We don't usually think of gymnastics.

My own experience of gymnastics is limited to school gym lessons, doing cartwheels and forward rolls in the backyard when I was a kid, and vague images on the telly of that Romanian wonderkid Nadia Comaneci winning gold at the 1980 Moscow Olympics.

Gymnastics has a long history, far longer than rugby league and AFL, and stretching as far back as ancient Greek times. Today in Canberra, the sport of gymnastics continues, with gymnastics clubs and programs that will get your kids stretching, tumbling, rolling, balancing and cartwheeling.

Whether we've realized it or not, we've all actually been doing some form of gymnastics. Whether you or your children have tumbled across the floor, or stood on your hands against the wall, or cartwheeled your way across the lawn, or swung on a rope or hung on the monkey bars or balanced on a log, you've actually been doing gymnastics skills.

With fun, accredited children's programs, gymnastics clubs across Canberra can help your child build on and develop these skills. According to Gymnastics Australia, the national governing body of all gymnastics sports, gymnastics is the nursery of Australian sport. Gymnastics develops the skills of fundamental movement, confidence and competence, and it provides the foundation for future sporting success and lifelong, active and healthy participation in physical activity.

What are the gymnastics clubs in Canberra?
Gymnastics ACT, affiliated with Gymnastics Australia, governs all gymnastics sports in the Canberra region. Gymnastics ACT governs 6 clubs across Canberra which offer nationally-recognized, quality-endorsed gymnastics programs with fully trained and accredited coaches. These clubs are: Southern Canberra Gymnastics club in Erindale, Woden Valley Gymnastics Club in Holder, Canberra City Gymnastics Club in Belconnen and Lyneham, and
Gungahlin Gymnastics in Mitchell; Jitterbugs Gymfun, a specialized gymnastics centre for kids aged 2-9 located in Nicholls; and Elementz rhythmic gymnastics club based at the Active Leisure Centre in Wanniassa.

Elementz Rhythmic Gymnastics Club in Wanniassa

What gymnastics programs for children are there?
Kindergym is the introductory gymnastics program for children aged under 5 years and their caregiver. It's a fun movement program accredited with Gymnastics Australia and involves children (and their caregivers) learning basic gymnastics skills using different gymnastics equipment and circuits. The circuits and equipment usually change every fortnight and have a special theme, for example, transport, winter, Olympic games, music, dinosaurs, Christmas and superheroes.

Once they've finished Kindergym, your child can then progress onto the next gymnastics stages. Your child can even go all the way up to the Australian competitive levels program where they will get the chance to participate in State level or National level competitions.

However, Canberra's gymnastics clubs offer more than just gym programs for children. They also offer adult gym classes, classes for people with special needs, school gym programs, school holiday programs, recreational programs, and even birthday parties.

There are two other centres in Canberra which are not affiliated with Gymnastics Australia but which also offer excellent movement programs for children from babies up to 5 years old. Tots Tumbling is run by the Canberra PCYC in Erindale. Classes are taught by an early childhood educator and teach children social and gross motor skills in a fun environment. And
GymbaRoo at Fairbairn offers research-based, neuro-developmental programs for babies up to school-aged children and their parents, with lots of movement involved. My son started gymnastics at GymbaRoo when he had just begun crawling. It was a wonderful introduction with trained, caring teachers and a fun and colourful learning environment.

GymbaRoo at Fairbairn

Whether you are looking for a physical activity to keep the kids occupied or to help them get fit or to help develop their motor and social skills, or even to produce Australia's answer to Nadia Comaneci or simply to have fun, then why not give gymnastics a go?

"I'd rather regret the risks that didn't work out than the chances I didn't take at all"
Simone Biles, American rhythmic gymnast, world champion and Olympic gold medallist

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Why? For children to have fun, get fit, and learn important social and motor skills
When: During school terms for regular classes, and duirng school holidays for school holiday programs
Where: Various venues across Canberra
Cost: Gymnastics clubs charge fees per term. Please see the links above for more information.
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