Gymnasts’ perfect $220,000 landing


LEONGATHA Gymnastics Club will undertake a $220,000 expansion after receiving $100,000 from the State Government to expand its facility at St Laurence’s Primary School.

The 111m2 extension will allow for additional gymnastics programs, employment opportunities, room for two foam pits, and for the club’s heavier equipment to be set up permanently.

Additional programs will include kinder gym, disability programs, and the ability to hold adult and nationally recognised graded classes. The extra programs will minimise the current waiting list and allow for full use of club equipment.

Victorian Sport Minister John Eren announced the funding from the government’s 2018-19 Community Sport Infrastructure Fund last week.

South Gippsland Shire Council and the gymnastics club each contributed $60,000 to make up the $220,000 total.

The gymnastics club has operated at St Laurence’s Primary School, Leongatha, since 2011.

The club moved to its home at the school with 100 members and now caters for 450, with many coaches and junior coaches.

Head coach Miranda Wilson was thrilled the project could go ahead.

South Gippsland Shire Council mayor Cr Lorraine Brunt said the expansion would grow the club’s membership by 18 percent in future years.

“The extension will help promote healthy activity and wellbeing for a wide age group and cater to all abilities, and will be greatly appreciated by the members of the club,” she said.

“We cannot wait to hear and see the success of the students from Leongatha Gymnastics Club as they utilise the facilities to the fullest.”

St Laurence’s Primary School principal Kate Dourley said the school has a fantastic partnership with the club, and the school community was excited to see the project come to fruition.

Gymnastics is held from Monday to Saturday.

Exciting project: Leongatha Gymnastics Club’s, back, from left, Josh Hunt, Chelsea Patton, Savannah Interlandi, Ruby Woodall, Georgia Wright, Caitlyn Charlton and head coach Miranda Wilson, and front, from left, Bec Barclay, Alayna Walsh, Tara Moody, Ashleigh Kross, Sienna Hunt and Logan Rigby are looking forward to the opportunities ahead now the club’s expansion project has been funded.

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