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Mossman Gymnastic Club

After a long and difficult break, Mossman Gymnastics Club is head over heels to swing back into action for the rest of 2020. Stage 1 re-opening has just kicked off, with limited classes returning to the gym. A full-scale re-opening is planned for Monday 13th July, 2020.

Torah and Thea

The Club held their AGM on Saturday, with a return of familiar faces to the committee. The Club welcomes Bev Gwynne returning as President of the Club, Jan Guthrie as Secretary, and Prue Borzi as Treasurer. The Club’s Grants Officer is Corinne Maloney supported by Kelda Walker in Fundraising. Community Engagement Officers are Meave Pedemay and Erica Mast, with Club Manager Hayley Bender committed for another year.

DouglasNews.Network catches up with Hayley to learn more about one of our most popular local sporting Clubs.

How many members are enrolled in the Club?

Pre-COVID, we had over 280 members with the Club and we hope to see most of those return again.

You offer classes not only for kids, but for all the family. Tell us a little about the diverse range of classes you offer?

We are a one-stop shop! Gymnastics is a sport for life and offers a diverse range of programs which allow us to offer classes for all ages. Our programs are for babies right through to seniors, from raw beginners to elite athletes. Gymnastics has evolved from a small, grass-roots sport, and we are lucky to have so much on offer for our local community.
Our current programs include Kindergym, Mini Gym (Under 5s), recreational gymnastics, competitive gymnastics, Tricking, Acro, FreeG (parkour), adults classes, all abilities classes, and seniors parkour and gymnastics (yes – our seniors are now doing parkour!).

What way can members of the community get involved in what the gymnastics club does?

We are always looking for more people to join our gym family. Anybody can get involved by attending our meetings, and supporting our various fundraisers and events throughout the year. Pop into the Club or head to our website www.mossmangymnastics.com for information on how to sign up. 

Tell us about the most satisfying aspect of your role as manager of the Club.

There are so many things that I love about my job – I have always enjoyed coaching, and have a passion for working with kids and business. This role allows me to mix them all! There’s nothing more satisfying then seeing all the smiling faces that come through our doors each week to enjoy gymnastics. I love being able to help create a Club culture that promotes family, inclusiveness and participation in our great sport! 

Tell us more about your prospects for the rest of 2020.

2020 has already proved to be an unprecedented year with COVID-19 putting a halt to all club operations and classes.

It is going to be a year of perseverance and survival as we campaign to continue classes and programs, maintain membership and source funding to ensure that we are not only here next year, but in the many years beyond.

Our Club has faced adversity head-on many times, and we hope that this occasion will be no exception. The strength and active support of our staff, committee and families will be integral for the Club’s survival through this hard time.

 Our Sapphire girls practicing their social distancing on the beam

I’ll also share a snippet from our Account Manager Report to give you an idea of how the Club stands for the upcoming year,

“It is very exciting to report that 2019 saw the club break even with a surplus of $686.06. It was a significant year to reflect on how the Club would meet the challenges of mortgage repayments and overhead costs in the first year of being building owners. Congratulations to all staff, committee and members who contributed to the Club’s success. Club donations were a significant portion of 2019’s revenue, and without these generous businesses, a surplus would not have been possible.

Due to COVID-19 and the subsequent forced closure of the Club for some time, 2020 will remain unpredictable. Financial support from both the Federal and State Government will be imperative to the resilience and sustainability of the Club through this world economic and health crisis. Focusing on marketing, retaining memberships and fundraising will be needed to ensure we are viable leading into 2021. With reduced opportunities for fundraising events, the committee and Club will need to be creative and inventive in creating other revenue to ensure the Club is viable through to February 2021.”

Thea, Coach Dante Scomazzon and Torah hanging out on the Bars

Is there anything that you would like our readers to know Hayley?

We want to put it out there that we are open for business! With a robust COVID-safe plan and new WHS procedures, we are open and now taking enrolments for Term 3.


Email: info@mossmangymnastics.com

Phone: (07) 4098 1702

Mobile: 0400 095 221

Website: www.mossmangymnastics.com

Torah and Hayley Bender

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