ISSUE TWO NOVEMBER 2015 Mount Barker YMCA Gymnastics Club Newsletter Gymnastics is on the rise: Given that YMCA Mt Barker Gymnastics club opened its doors in February 2011. Our club has gone from strength to strength; this is thanks to the commitment of the YMCA, our families and coaches. We currently have 325 members which are enjoying mini’s for 4 yr olds, Gym For All, development and competition programs. Gradually as the club has grown we have introduced more sessions and in April we became a permanent set up enabling us to reach out to more children within the community. The YMCA advocates gymnastics as it is a sport for all to enjoy, as we know, it aids the development of balance, co-ordination and confident body movement in a fun and safe environment. Our coaches feel privileged to be involved in such a fun and beneficial sporting activity for children and this is evident in the work that they do. The YMCA have invested in safe learning and training equipment, most recently an FIG, (Federation of International Gymnastics) vault table, landing areas and full sprung floor. Up and Coming Events We recently held Halloween themed gymnastics sessions with games and prizes on Saturday 31st October. Everyone joined in the fun and it was great to see so many spooky dress ups. Invitations will be sent out soon for the following: YMCA ADELAIDE HILLS RECREATION CENTRE 2 Howard Lane, Mount Barker P: 8391 0222 www.sa.ymca.org.au - Saturday 5th December Pageant and no gym - Sunday 10th January Bounce visit for our development and competition gymnasts. - 14th – 20th gymnastics Christmas parties, your last session of the year, Christmas twist, games and prizes. PAGE 2 Introducing our new Coaches: Some new faces you may have noticed on the floor are our coaches, Holly Oppie and Emma Mayger both of which have attained their beginner coach accreditation and endeavor to achieve their Intermediate accreditation in December. Joanne Mclachlan and Eliza Bullen are volunteers that you will see assisting in our sessions, both hold beginner coach accreditations. Suspensions: A reminder on our unique suspension policy: Each child is entitled to an additional four (4) weeks suspension, on top of the four (4) week break over Christmas. This 4 week suspension can be used at the parent/guardians discretion throughout the calendar year. A suspension request must be made in writing, 24 hours in advance. Once the reception staff have received a written request, credits to the families account will be made. Once the 4 week suspension has been used, sessions will be charged as normal, unless it is due to injury or illness again 24 hours’ notice is required unless a doctor’s certificate is provided. YMCA ADELAIDE HILLS RECREATION CENTRE 2 Howard Lane, Mount Barker P: 8391 0222 www.sa.ymca.org.au YMCA GYMNASTICS CLUB NEWSLETTER Introducing adult gymnastics: There have been many requests for adult gymnastics. We are extremely pleased to announce we are starting classes from Monday the 18th January, this will provide an opportunity for adults to try out or continue in our amazing sport. You can test yourself in a range of different activities, build your strength, flexibility and control. Bookings will be required to participate, please enquire at the reception desk for further information. Coach Jo Moar, start time 09.30, 1hr session. Hot weather policy: Due to the centre not being equipped with a sufficient cooling system, Adelaide Hills RC has a strict hot weather policy. In these cases, management will unfortunately have to cancel Adelaide Hills classes and process a credit onto families’ accounts. Classes are cancelled if the temperate is forecast for 36 degrees or higher in Mount Barker as per the Bureau of Meteorology website, at 6pm the night before. Christmas break: Please be advised our last gym session will be Sunday 20th December and will recommence on Monday 18th January. Competition news: In National competition this year our gymnasts tested their routines and skills against some of SA’s best averaging from 21 to 38 contenders. Our competition squad excelled and received several medals from first to third place plus ribbons up to sixth spot on all apparatus. Special mentions to Ella-Bree Zobel, 3rd place overall trophy winner at the Port Pirie Invitational. Also, Mia Hutchins on her trophy win at the State Championships, receiving third place all around. Well done to our WAG competition squad!