Gymnastics has long been the extra-curricular kids’ sport du jour, especially for young children on the Gold Coast. While many consider gymnastics to be a great recreational sport for girls, it is now highly recommended as a great discipline for boys.


Gymnastics is a widely regarded sport among families right across Australia. With the third highest female membership base of any organised sport in our country, gymnastics has also proven a popular choice for boys.


Gold Coast Gymnastics coach Michelle Young said the club’s men’s artistic gymnastics (MAG) program has been the Number 1 men’s program across Australia for three years running. She encouraged local parents to consider gymnastics, especially for their sons.


“Gymnastics helps all kids to gain great coordination and motor skills,” she says. “For boys especially, they learn discipline – as they must follow instructions. It teaches them to be coachable and is also character building. Gymnastics is also a great cross-training sport that sets young kids up with a good foundation for any sport in the future.”


Many regard male gymnasts among the strongest of all athletes. In fact, a recent Men’s Health list of the Top 50 Fittest Male Athletes in the World had gymnast Kohei Uchimura placed third overall behind soccer star Cristiano Ronaldo and a US decathlon champion.


Michelle put the success of the club’s MAG program down to a number of contributing factors including the supportive training environment and all-round positive atmosphere, the team members and the calibre of the coaching staff. Queensland and Australian men’s team coach Myles Cronin is also Gold Coast Gymnastics’ head coach and is supported by a coaching staff that includes other ex-competitive gymnasts who are both national and international champions. Together, these professionals bring an unmatched level of experience and a wealth of knowledge to the Gold Coast organisation.


“As ex-competitive gymnasts ourselves, we understand what the kids are going through and see it through their eyes,” Michelle says. “Our coaching staff can be tough but we’re also nurturing. For the competitive kids, our club is like their second home.”


Among the talent at Gold Coast Gymnastics, Reece Pearce is an Australian representative placing first in floor routine and first in vault recently, Jack Glendenning is a national champion and Jesse Softly is another Australian representative.


As well as excelling in the MAG program, Gold Coast Gymnastics was named the top men’s gymnastics club in Australia at the national clubs championship in September and it continues to be the largest club in the country with some 2500 members across three locations including Miami, Upper Coomera and Tweed. It was also the first club in Australia to hit the magic 2000-members mark.


Contact Gold Coast Gymnastics Club on 5572 3619 to book a free trial today. For more, visit www.goldcoastgymnastics.com.




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