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Benalla Gymnastics Club floor needs bounce

08 August 2019

The Benalla Gymnastic Club floor has lost its bounce.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals Steph Ryan MP yesterday met with coaches and committee representatives of the Benalla Gymnastics Club to see the gymnasts in action.

“The Benalla Gymnastics Club has a lot on offer.  They are a dynamic, energetic group but they are training on an old spring floor which is in dire need of replacing,” said Ms Ryan.

“Gymnastics is one of the fastest growing sports in Victoria and the Benalla Gymnastics Club is no exception with more than 100 gymnasts from toddlers to adults in training.

“The current spring floor is more than 30 years old and has lost its once Olympic-level spring, which means gymnasts can no longer practice higher level skills.

“Gymnasts have been left with no option but to train on the trampoline, which is less than ideal for those at a competitive level.”

Ms Ryan said that over the past few years the Benalla Gymnastics Club Committee had applied for a number of grants and held fundraisers to assist with new equipment requirements however, they needed greater assistance to obtain the funding for the new floor which is estimated to cost over $60,000.

“The Benalla Gymnastics Club and its committee do a fantastic job catering for such a large number of gymnasts but they need help to maintain and improve their current training facilities,” Ms Ryan said.

“The club’s competitive gymnasts hope to compete next year and in 2021 at a national level in Queensland but the committee and coaches do not see this goal as possible due to the current conditions of the club’s spring floor.”

Ms Ryan has written to the Sports Minister requesting the Andrews Labor Government assist the club with funding for the new floor.

“Local sports clubs are at the forefront of our communities and provide a great opportunity for people of all ages to come together and form new friendships all while keeping active,” Ms Ryan said.

“The Benalla Gymnastics Club just needs a little bit of help getting their bounce back.”

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