If there’s proof that Canberra’s north needed another gymnastics club, it’s the speed at which families have signed up to join Gungahlin Gymnastics, which opened for business just a few weeks ago.
Directors Joel and Megan Moss had hoped to begin their first term with between 50 and 60 gymnasts across the club, which caters to gymnasts from aged one to adults. Instead, the club has almost 200 enrolments and a waiting list 60 students long.
“We’ve been over the moon with the response. The support from the Gungahlin community has been extremely positive,” Megan says.
“We started out with two classes for girls aged five to seven, then we added a third. Then a fourth. Then a fifth. We have five classes and there are still 27 girls on the waiting list for that class.”
Joel and Megan own the club, which is affiliated with Gymnastics ACT, and are its only coaches at present. They teach classes six days per week, but Megan says the long hours are worth if it means being able to do what they love everyday. This is particularly true for Joel, a former Australian champion gymnast who wants to share his passion for gymnastics with others.
“We had a dream for years of having our own club. The time was finally right, and we were able to find a facility in Mitchell to lease, and we said let’s go for it.”
Megan says that Gungahlin Gymnastics caters to anyone who wants to give gymnastics a go, whether that’s participating in a class once a week or aspiring to compete at the highest level.
“We want to get kids in, get them having fun, teach them the basics, give them the opportunity to go into the competitive stream if they want, or if they just want to come in and jump on the trampolines then that’s good too,” she says.
“We’re not putting a huge amount of pressure on kids to train excessive hours. The number one thing that you have to do is have fun.”
Gungahlin Gymnastics’ Mitchell facility is also the new home of Gungahlin Physie and Dance Club, which Megan and her best friend have run for the past four years.
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