2019 Gymnastics Victoria Wrap

Gymnastics has one of Victoria’s highest participation rates in sport and continues to thrive in another great year for 2019. 

Gymnastics Victoria is proud to have 62,301 Victorians members through 127 clubs operating out of 150 venues across the state and an estimated 400,000 other participants. Plus, even more people attending affiliated trampoline parks each year as members and participants. 

According to AusPlay data released in April, gymnastics participation has grown by nearly 60% since 2016 with 128,248 Victorian children between 0-14 participating in the sport outside of school hours and now ranks 4th in Australia for outside school hours activities for children 14 and under.   

“There is no better sport than gymnastics for developing fundamental movement skills for children. These numbers highlight the importance of having facilities that can cater for our ever-growing participant demand,” said GV CEO Jamie Parsons when discussing the sport’s expansion. 

Away from the mats, Gymnastics Victoria continued to assist the growth of the clubs and coaches with the 2019 Club and Coach Conferences as well as celebrating the achievements of the gymnastics community at the Family Ball and Awards Night. The conferences included building positive club culture, successfully recruiting and retaining staff and recognising the achievements of women in sport. 

Gymnastics Victoria has also continued to support and celebrate women in sport with another very successful Women in Sport Breakfast  held in October on the International Day of the Girl.  

Competition was fierce as always in 2019 as Victoria claimed 67 gold, 73 silver, 58 bronze, many PB's and great performances against the other states and territories at the Australian Gymnastics Championships.

In April and August, Geelong and other venues played hosts to the Victorian Championships with dozens of athletes claiming titles throughout the disciplines, with April’s Championships carrying an extra component, the Special Olympics Gymnastics. Among the athletes was MAG Special Olympian Patrick Forssman who had recently returned from the Special Olympic World Games in Abu Dhabi where he won seven medals including the All-Around silver medal in the Men’s Level 2 Gymnastics. 

Geelong Arena hosted the Trans Bass Challenge and the Levels 4 to 6 MAG and WAG Junior Victorian Championships at the start of November with Eastern Gymnastics Club then hosting the Level 3 WAG competition the following weekend.

Victorian Gymnastics was represented and took home one of 2019’s most challenging and entertaining titles with Peninsula Gymnast Charlie Robbins crowned Australian Ninja Warrior following the competition’s third installment, demonstrating the Start Here, Go Anywhere! mantra.

Victorian Gymnast Tyson Bull secured a berth at the 2020 Olympics at this year's World Championships (the first MAG Victorian since 1976 to qualify for the games). We will wait to see if Victorian athletes can claim Olympic berths for RG and WAG in the lead up to the 2020 Olympics.

Gymnastics Victoria would like to extend many thanks to our community of members and participants for their ongoing support and hope to see everyone and more in 2020.