Woden Valley Gymnastics Club awarded the Minister for Sport and Recreation Award for Inclusion

 The Canberra Sport Awards celebrate the outstanding achievements of the ACT’s top athletes, teams and behind-the-scenes contributors for 2016. The inaugural award ceremony was conducted at the Arboretum on Friday 9th December. Woden Valley Gymnastics Club was awarded the first ever Minister for Sport and Recreation Award for Inclusion.

The Club makes inclusion an everyday part of all of its programs.  These programs officially started in 2013 with a Rebound Therapy Program -             the use of trampolines to provide beneficial exercise and enjoyment for people with a wide range of special needs. 

Naomi Nye, Enable Gym Director at Woden Valley Gymnastics Club, broadened the programs and benefits that the special needs clients receive and has helped them to achieve some amazing physical and social results.  By making better use of the gym as a whole, quite a number of younger participants have ‘graduated’ and are now fully involved in regular gymnastics classes. 

The Woden Valley Gymnastics Club staff  also run group programs in special schools in Canberra throughout the year, receiving positive reports and invitations to return to the schools to run further programs.

A Groove and Move Class for participants who are aged between 50 and 70, does gentle gymnastics concentrates on flexibility, strength, balance and co-ordination.  The group has joined with the WVGC Performance Team and has performed at a number of Gymnastics for All Challenges.  Earlier this year they won a Gold Award in the Gold Coast Challenge and will be representing Australia at the 3rd World Gym for Life Challenge in Norway in July 2017.

Gymnastics is the basis for all sport and for everyone in the community and the Woden Valley Gymnastics Club staff and community certainly live up to their mission statement – ‘building strong individuals who achieve in an inclusive community’!

Congratulations Woden Valley Gymnastics Club on this outstanding achievement!