National Clubs Carnival returns to the Gold Coast
Gymnastics clubs from all over the country, are converging on the Gold Coast for the next three weeks, as the Gymnastics Australia National Clubs Carnival returns from a two-year hiatus with thanks to the support of Tourism and Evens Queensland and Major Events Gold Coast.
As the largest gymnastics participation event in Australia, the National Clubs Carnival brings together close to 4000 competitors, officials, staff and supporters of gymnastics for a festival of gymnastics.
For the first time, the event will see members of Special Olympics compete alongside the gymnastics community in an integrated competition. This community includes not only Australian gymnasts, but also the gymnasts from New Zealand and Fiji that we are welcoming to the Carnival.
Gymnastics Australia Chief Executive Officer, Alexandra Ash expressed her pride and anticipation at seeing the gymnastics community reunited for the first time in over two years. “To be able to see clubs from all around the country, and even internationally, together again is an incredible feeling,” Mrs Ash said.
“Gymnastics is a sport for everyone, and events like the National Clubs Carnival really highlight the sport’s broad appeal,” Mrs Ash continued. “There are athletes here who started training in gymnastics this year, as well as those who have trained for decades.”
Home to Delta Gymnastics, one of the largest clubs across Australia and home club of Commonwealth Games golden girl Georgia Godwin, who brought 5 medals home from Birmingham earlier this year, this event further positions Southeast Queensland as the spiritual home of gymnastics in Australia.
“The Gold Coast really is becoming the home of Australian gymnastics, and we are pleased to host another prestigious national gymnastics event in the city,’’ said Gold Coast Mayor Tom Tate.
“I wish competitors, officials and sponsors success over the next three weeks and hope they find time between tumbling to enjoy everything else our beautiful Goldie has to offer.’’
Seven forms of gymnastics will take place throughout the Carnival. Alongside the competitions across Olympic disciplines (Men’s and Women’s Artistic, Rhythmic and Trampoline gymnastics), there is also competitive Aerobic and Acrobatic gymnastics, as well as the non-competitive Gymnastics for All.
The Carnival also serves as an opportunity to demonstrate the welcoming, inclusive nature of the gymnastics community in Australia. In collaboration with the Pride in Sport Collective and Squash Australia, Gymnastics Australia is proud to host the Proud to Try event as part of the Carnival, where everyone can come and try a sport that they previously might not have had a chance to try in a comfortable environment, whilst surrounded by likeminded peers.