FUN TIMES: Gladstone Gymnastics Club is doing a state-wide campaign to encourage boys into the sport. Front: Charlie Little, Hayden Joseph, Kai Urane, Jack Walsh, Kaushika Alahakoon. Back: Hunter Roper, Charlie Smallcombe, Leif Elkins, Jonty Smallcombe, Ethan Sharpe.
FUN TIMES: Gladstone Gymnastics Club is doing a state-wide campaign to encourage boys into the sport. Front: Charlie Little, Hayden Joseph, Kai Urane, Jack Walsh, Kaushika Alahakoon. Back: Hunter Roper, Charlie Smallcombe, Leif Elkins, Jonty Smallcombe, Ethan Sharpe. Mike Richards GLA030918GYMN

Gymnastics drive is on for boys

GYMNASTICS: The Gladstone Gymnastics Club is ready to prove the sport can be as equally as fun for boys as they gear up for a recruitment drive.

The club will host a trial day from 11.30am tomorrow at its Yarroon St headquarters for boys aged five years and up.

Club administrator Amy Dew said the recruitment drive is part of a Gymnastics Queensland campaign to increase MAG (Men's Artistic Gymnastics) across the state.

"They can come on down and see what gymnastics is all about and it's a great opportunity for our coaches to asses the ability of each of the children," Dew said.

"There might be places for them in our competitive squad program and also our recreational program.

"We just want to show the boys to let them know what gymnastics is about - it's fun, exciting, they get to learn how to flip, turn, spin and get strong and flexible."

Ms Dew said gymnastic skills can be transferred to any type of sport and that it wasn't a sport just for girls.

"Gymnastics is the most fundamental development sport for any young body to learn and then as they progress and want to got into a different sport all the skills they've learnt in gymnastics will further them in whatever field they choose," she said.

"If you've seen our older gymnasts and even some of our younger gymnasts you should see some of the muscles they have.

"What boy doesn't want those kind of muscles? They are just so strong and they'll be the coolest kid at school because they'll know how to handstands, flips and cartwheels. They are all the skills a normal person wouldn't know how to do... It's one of the toughest sports you can do and has the most benefits."

Tomorrow's trial day runs from 11.30am-1pm and is $15. Registrations for Term 4 starting on October 8 are open. Call 49720300 for more information.



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