This may come as a shock to much of the FCGC community but I do not come from a gymnastics childhood. I am ongoingly grateful to my first ever manager at a small club for taking a chance on me. I began in admin and I was shortly given the opportunity to assist classes and receive coaching qualifications. At the closure of this club I thought surely this signaled the end of my gymnastics career. This disappointed me as I had just found my passion in teaching and begun my bachelor studies at university. However, Tammy of FCGC had other things in mind and I seamlessly transitioned to FCGC.
Staying in the FCGC community while completing my teaching degree enabled me to learn theoretically and implement these new teaching strategies at the gym in a comfortable and safe environment. Being a teacher I find myself now focusing on teaching more than just the gymnastics But I teach the values that children need to flourish and thrive in the broader community.
Four years on I am still working at FCGC and have found this to be highly rewarding, so much so that after graduating with a bachelor of primary education last year I had decided I wanted to continue working at FCGC which brings me to where I am currently.
The FCGC and gymnastics community believing in me drove me into my passion for teaching and for this I will be ever grateful. My story consistently reminds me that if I believe in a child it could change not only their day but I have the potential to help children to believe and aspire.
Our Son has always been an active kid, even as a baby.
We have introduced him to many different sports over the years, but none of them seemed to give him enjoyment or a sense of belonging.
Our daughter had been attending FCGC for about 6 months, when a skills session in the holidays sounded perfect for our son.
It was amazing to see the excitement and joy in his face. He talked about it for about 1 hour afterwards. We spoke to him about maybe a trail lesson, explaining it would be quite different to the very fun skill session he just did. He didn’t even think about it, it was a solid YES.
His trail lesson was brilliant, lots of encouragement from coaches, small class sizes, demonstrations and best of all fun. He came upstairs with a new found bounce in his step and the first words he said to us was “Can I keep it?” That was almost 1.5 years ago, and he is still just as passionate about lessons now.
During this time he has had both male and female coaches. I personally love that FCGC has so many male role models in such a female dominated sport. Our son has learnt more than just fitness, strength, and balance. He has learnt team skills, social skills, responsibility and community spirit.