Queenstown Gymnastics Club Fights For Survival

Thursday, October 27th 2016

The Queenstown Gymnastics club has been a part of the Queenstown sporting community since the early 1990’s.

We currently enjoy a healthy membership of 150 children participating in our recreational and competitive programs and employ 4 coaches. The club is a registered charity and a not for profit organization run by a committee of volunteers who give 2-3 hours per week to ensure the running of the club and it’s compliance.

The past 12 months has seen the committee of 9 people now dwindle to 4 which has increased the volunteer workload of the committee members and has seriously compromised how effectively we can run the club.

At our AGM in December I will step down after 4 years of being Club President and we are also losing another long term committee member who has served for almost 6 years.

The Club now urgently needs volunteers to bolster the committee with the following roles available immediately and continuing through 2017.

Club President
Club Vice President (H&S Coordinator & Equipment)
Club Treasurer & Payroll (could be 2 persons)
Club Communications Secretary (newsletters, website, social media)

 Our AGM is to be held on Wednesday 7th December. If by the AGM we cannot fill these roles the club will be left with no option but to place it into recess until further notice thus impacting on all children & employed staff.

A time commitment of 2-3 hours per week plus a monthly 2 hour meeting is sought. The current committee is also considering a fee reduction for those who actively serve. This will be discussed at our next meeting I will be available to mentor and advise if needed after December.

This is your club and it now needs you in order to continue.

I am available to discuss any roles on 027 2244619

Mike Byers
Club President, Queenstown Gymnastics

Queenstown Gymnastics Club

A not-for-profit GymSports NZ affiliated club run by volunteers for the benefit of the community


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Celebrating our NZ Gymsports Nationals participants

GymSports NZ National Championships 2016, Invercargill, 28th September-2nd October 2016

Awesome results for all our 3 Queenstown girls competing in the NZ Gymsports Nationals.

Friday, 30th September – Apparatus and Team competition
Ana Carolina Lozano – 5th on vault, 8th on bars, 6th on beam, 9th overall
Liana Carran – 17th overall
Ana Sofia Tapper – 19th overall

Sunday, 2nd October – All Around finals:
Ana Carolina Lozano – 10th on vault, 10th on bars, 6th on beam, 8th overall


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We urgently need a new space for our gymnasts

gym club space

If anyone knows of any options that could be discussed with a view to rehoming the club, please contact us on qtgymnastics@hotmail.co.nz

The Committee



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Congratulations to the QGC Participants at the Gymsports Nationals 2015

We are very excited that 3 of our senior gymnasts Liana Carran, Ana Carolina Lozano and Ana Sofia Tapper as well as coach Giovana Santos have been appointed to represent Southland in the 2015 Gymsports Nationals in Auckland from 28th of September to 4th of October.

Well done girls and coach. 🙂

Announcing national team 2015-page-001

The Nationals team participants from QueenstownFrom left: Liana Carran, Ana Sofia Tapper, Ana Carolina Lozano

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Queenstown Gymnastics Club – Sprung Floor Upgrade 2015

During early 2014 the club identified that our current sprung floor was in need of being upgraded due to ageing issues,  costs spent on maintenance and the up keeping of it to maintain it’s safe use.

The club had purchased secondhand floor boards in the past and had added to it at times to provide a suitable training resource however some of the boards used were well past their prime which gave us safety concerns if their use continued.

The club committee unanimously agreed to commence working towards the replacement of the floor with a brand new 12 metre x 12 metre competition floor which would take the club into the future (and an enlarged venue eventually).

Led by our Vice President and Funding Officer Monica Carran numerous applications were prepared and submitted to funding providers over the space of a number of months for their consideration. The cost of the entire project would be over twenty five thousand dollars.

Towards the end of 2014 the club had been granted a total of $14106 from the following funding providers

  • SKYCITY Queenstown Casino Community Trust – $3000
  • Community Trust of Southland – $4303
  • First Sovereign Trust Limited – $4303
  • Foodstuffs Community Trust – $2500

This was supplemented with the club investing the outstanding $10K from funds accumulated through club fundraising and self-funding from reserves held from past equipment sales. In late December 2014 the order was placed and we then waited. The job was only partly done.

Easter 2015 saw the new floor mats and springs arrive from the USA. This was then placed into storage as we worked on the next part which was replacement floor boards. For the total floor area we needed 60 2metre x 1.5 metre pieces of 17mm plywood. As our training space does not accommodate the entire 12m x12m floor we worked on doing a 12m x 8 metre space which would use 34 pieces of plywood at a still substantial cost of $6000.

Driven by passion and a cheeky approach (thanks Crys) to Rockcote (owned by Resene) with pictures of the kids with a few medals around their necks we were donated 17 plywood boards. Another approach to local supplier ITM saw them donate the balance and then it was onto the next stage.

Labour was donated by TechPlasterNZ ( a fantastic local company who does a great job with applying Rockcote cladding) to drill over one thousand holes in the ply boards and fix the spring caps so the floor springs could be fitted.

We aimed for the first week of Term 2 School holidays to lift the old floor and replace it with the new one. The old floor was lifted and removed into storage over 2 days. The new floor boards were transported into the gym and over 2 days and nights with volunteer labour the springs were fitted and the boards laid. Once the boards were laid we fixed over 300 screws into plates that hold the boards together and stop them from moving.

The space once the old floor had been removed and cleaned

Club volunteers fitting the springs to the new boards

The new boards and springs being laid out

All the new boards in place

Once the boards were down we transported 4 rolls of the new carpet into the gym and rolled them out and fitted them onto the boards. We supplemented the remaining floor space with some of the old floor mats to give us a consistent and even floor depth. The current unused mat rolls and springs are in storage for the future

With over 50 manpower hours used to install the floor we had the job completed ready in time for training the next week. Early feedback from the kids is very positive and as it gets used it will soften up and provide more bounce.

This project took almost 12 months to complete and was not possible without the generous support of our funding providers, Techplaster, ITM Queenstown, Gymstuff NZ , the Gymnastics Club Committee and in particular Monica Carran and Crys Lozano and all our volunteers who kindly contributed their time to make this possible. The club now has a training resource that is up there with the biggest clubs in NZ.

The club would ask that we support these sponsors where possible.


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Yes, ballet it is this term for our Senior gymnasts :-)

We have had a number of conversations in committee meetings about providing additional classes/ services for the senior gymnasts to help them improve their performance.

The class is run within current allocated gymnastics time on Mondays from 3.30-4.30.

Queenstown School of Dance provided us with coach Marianna, a Russian ballerina. The cost is very reasonable and Queenstown School of Dance offered to cover the cost of the space for us – many thanks, Anna Stuart.

Many thanks also go to Emily Nelson, who helped make this initiative happen.

Here are some pics from the girls’s first couple of lessons.

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High Performance Support for our Senior Comp Squad

Thank you Queenstown Health :-)

Thank you Queenstown Health 🙂

Our senior comp girls have now access to elite specialist support, thanks to Queenstown Health’s Neki Patel. Queenstown Health is sponsoring 6 of our top girls, providing them with access to physio Jennifer Montgomery and chiropractor Robert Moore.

The holistic programme aims at increasing all-round performance incorporates sports nutrition, sports psychology, chiropractic care and physiotherapy and strength training.

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