Large Club Nominee
Bankstown City YMCA
Bankstown City YMCA is a community based Gymnastics Program. Theyhave class availability for all ages and abilities being from 4 months old to adult. As a club, Bankstown pride themselves on inclusion with our Special Olympics gymnasts reaching State Level. With the guidance of their coaches, they have seen the athletes progress and grow into young adults over the past year.
Similarly, the Levels Program has seen a number of its gymnasts, both MAG and WAG, progress to State Competitions. Throughout the year, their Recreational Program has been at max capacity, which shows that the coaches ability and their passion for Gymnastics and teaching has not gone unrecognized by the community.
Bankstown's Mentoring Program has grown this year with 6 new mentors coming on board. This will be the largest group of mentors at one time. THe staff ensure that all mentors feel confident and comfortable in their coaching style before being allocated a class of their own and they are always welcome to raise any questions or concerns they may have.
Supporting the YMCA Fee Assiatance program, Bankstown currently have 5 of our members on Fee Assistance across all levels as they strive to help all members of the community participate no matter the circumstance.
The atmosphere within the gym has become one of family, fun and friendship, through hard work and dedication.
Number of athletes: 1060
Membership growth: 40%
Gymsports: Men's Gymnastics, Trampoline Gymnastics and/or Tumbling, Women's Gymnastics, Kindergym, Gymnastics for All - Primary Age, Teen, Adult
Contribution to Gymnastics: In the past year, Bankstown have focused on coaches professional and personal development through Judging courses, Coaching courses and being involved with in house competitions.
Tegan, the Gymnastics Manager, regularlu attends Southern Regional Meetings to gain valuable information to help the club progress and to help organize Regional Competitions.
We also recognize coaches who have stepped up and have done outstanding work by judging at GYM NSW competitions.
Working together with staff member, Natalie Johnston, NSW GfA Incusions Coordinator, Bankstwon have been able to hold/attend multiple SO competitions, with one being held at Bankstown.
Development Activities: Disability Gymnastics currently has 3 classes, 1 recreational and 2 Special Olympics (MAG and WAG). The bankstown coaches have attended Disability training days, Professional Development and YMCA Mandatory trainings (Child Protection, Safeguarding Children, First Aid and CPR). All staff keep their Accreditations up to date by consistently updating their points.
Bankstown runs 2x Recreational Competitions and 2x Kindergym Open Days as well as our Annual Display Day and Levels Presentation.
Since launching the Ninja Gym program in August this year, the clubs has been featured on separate occasions in 2 newspapers (Canterbury Bankstown Express and The Torch) resulting in an influx of enrolments across both Ninja Gym and Rec.
Competition results: Bankstown emphasis to all of gymnasts that it isn't always about the results, but how much hard work and dedication is put into each training session. The gymnasts train towards new and existing goals which allows them to compete at a State Level.