My journey with FCGC begins in 2007. After enduring cricket, football and tennis, my parents were desperate to find a sport that I truly enjoyed. To their delight, they saw an advert in the local newspaper for an open day at a local gymnastics club, and to my surprise, I loved it. I had an amazing time and had (finally) found the sport for me.
I started as a gymnast and worked my way through the Gymstar program before moving into the MAG program and then into the Freestyle program for a short time. And as I started in high school, I began coaching.
I started coaching once a week after school and it grew from there year by year. I found that not only was coaching a part-time job to work while in school, but it taught me very important lessons about maturity, and working with people from all different walks of life.
All that time I’d always loved gymnastics as a sport and it’d been such a huge part of my life, but it wasn’t until I decided to attend a judging course that my passion grew further. I found that to sit, watch and dissect a routine was such a pleasure for me because I got to analyse the minute details of a skill and produce my own appraisal of it. It gave me confidence in my own gymnastics knowledge and helped me to no end in my coaching, allowing me to focus on my own gymnast’s technique so they can reach their full potential.
Most excitingly, this year I’ve been given the opportunity to share my love for judging by serving as the club’s Judging Coordinator. I’m so excited to see what the rest of the year has in store, and I can’t to see you all around the club.
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 trial 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 trial 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.