2020 Gymnastics Victoria Wrap
Gymnastics Victoria is proud of the entire gymnastics community who have stayed engaged with gymnastics through what has been a year unlike any other.
Early in the year, we were able to come together with over 660 guests for our annual Family Ball and Awards Night which celebrated the achievements of 2019.
The next month gymnastics clubs were forced to close their venues as the Coronavirus pandemic struck. Our clubs and members adapted quickly to this new and difficult challenge. Many of our clubs were innovative and creative, moving their classes online to keep gymnastics classes running for their members while Victoria was in lockdown.
In April, we celebrated All Abilities during Autism Awareness Month with a photo competition that encouraged athletes of all abilities to submit images of them doing gymnastics to help raise awareness for inclusive gymnastics. The winners were rewarded with vouchers from some of our partners.
While in lockdown Gymnastics Victoria turned our focus to engaging with clubs and their members online.
The Road to Recovery and Road to Recovery 2.0 series engaged our clubs with weekly webinars focused on giving clubs the important information they needed to train their athletes from home, tips on dealing with the challenges of lockdown and assistance to reopen their venues.
Hundreds of gymnasts participated in the GV Lockdown Challenges which encouraged athletes and clubs to stay connected with us and gave them the opportunity to challenge themselves and compete against other clubs and members for prizes provided by the State Government and our partners.
We celebrated the innovative work from our clubs with the GV Lockdown Initiatives which highlighted the amazing activities our clubs implemented to keep their members and staff engaged while being unable to be in the gym.
This year we also launched The Rotation, a business podcast hosted by Olympian Ashleigh Brennan to provide up-to-date information and commentary on popular topics, progressive strategies and behind the scenes business tips and ideas on how to diversify clubs.
On Australian Ninja Warrior, our Victorian gymnasts performed well with Zak and Charlie from Peninsula Gymnastics conquering Mount Midoriyama. Zak and Charlie also both did a live Facebook Q&A on the Gymnastics Victoria page and spoke to our community about gymnastics and being a ninja.
We held our annual Women in Sport Breakfast event online with over 300 attendees. The event recognised the achievements of women in sport and explored how sport adapted to the global pandemic.
We continued to celebrate our athletes, heroes and clubs throughout the year as they continued to be a shining light for the community. We chose not to do Hero, Athlete and Club of the Month for December 2020 as we believe our entire community deserves to be recognised for their efforts this year.
Once clubs were able to start reopening we encouraged them and their members to Bounce Back into Gymnastics with a marketing campaign reminding them about why they love gymnastics.
According to Sport Australia's latest AusPlay data gymnastics continues to rank in the top four organised sports for children under the age of 12 in Victoria and we hope to see this trend continue in the new year.
Gymnastics Victoria would like to extend many thanks to the gymnastics community for their ongoing support and perseverance throughout 2020. We hope to see everyone in their gyms again next year and that you leap further with us in 2021.