Balwyn Gymnastics Club is determined to make gymnastics accessible for everyone. We are an inclusive club that welcomes everyone with a passion for gymnastics.
We run accessible gymnastics programs for children of various intellectual and physical abilities.
Participants can start their gymnastics journey at a preschool age and continue throughout their school years.
Our gymnastics studio is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including balance beams, bars, rings, trampolines and a sprung floor.
Children who participate in gymnastics will benefit from:
- Ability to to jump, land and fall safely
- Building self-esteem, preparing the body and mind for life’s challenges
- Development of fundamental movement patterns
- Enhanced flexibility
- Increase in balance
- Increase aerobic and anaerobic endurance
- Unique long-term bone forming and strengthening advantages
Interested in joining our Gymnastics program?
Get in touch with our Gymnastics Coordinator by:
Ages: 5+ years
Class Duration: 60 minutes
GoZone is a therapeutic gymnastics program providing children with physical or intellectual disabilities the opportunity to participate in gymnastics.
Ages: 8+ years
Class Duration: 60 minutes
Our Special Olympics Gymnastics program is designed for gymnasts with intellectual disabilities and allows the opportunity to develop physical fitness, strength, balance, flexibility, coordination, confidence and friendships.
Participants learn routines which they can perform at various Special Olympics competitions throughout the year.
Autism learning resources
Gymnastic Social Stories
Gymnastics Victoria, in partnership with Step by Step Psychology are proud to present our new Social Story resources. This resource will be used in our Accessibility programs.
Social Stories are a learning resource used to help explain social situations and expectations as well as socially appropriate responses and behaviour to children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Although Social Stories were originally developed specifically for children with ASD, they are also useful social navigation tools for children with intellectual disability, poor comprehension skills and/or anxiety.
Gymnastics members who may require assistance navigating common social situations in the gymnastics environment are encouraged to use the following resources;
- asking for a break
- asking for help
- having a go
- meeting new people
- safe touch
- waiting for a turn
- when things are different
Boroondara Sports Complex Social Stories
Access Ability Australia has created a custom social navigation tool for Balwyn Gymnatics Club to support gymnastics participants at our classes. The Balwyn Gymnastics Social Stories downloadable PDF contains social stories for a range of example situations including before, during, and after a lesson. Each story has a photo and a descriptive sentence which aims to provide the 'who, what, when, where, why' information for social stuations such as:
- what other people in a given situation may be doing, thinking or feeling,
- the sequence of expected events at a gymnastics class,
- the identification of significant social cues and their meaning, and
- examples of what to do or say.
Frequently asked questions
How can my child change classes or move up a level?
Once the participant displays 70-80% competency in the skills for their current level, the coach will issue them with a ‘level transfer’ notice and ‘level passed’ certificate. This notice must then be taken to reception to make and confirm the relevant changes. Changes will not be made automatically. Upgrades and changes are dependent on class availability. Additional fees may be applicable when changing classes or increasing the number of training hours.
What should my child wear?
Balwyn Gymnastics Club requires participants to wear comfortable, appropriately sized active wear to all gymnastics programs. Participants are not permitted to wear socks, shoes, denim, dresses, skirts or stockings while participating in classes. No jewellery should be worn by participants, as this has the potential to cause injury to the gymnast/coach and may damage apparatus. Earrings should not be worn, however small studs are acceptable.
Hair should be tied back neatly and should not get into the participants eyes or face. Coloured hair spray is not permitted. For older gymnasts, deodorant is required.
A club hoodie, leotard (sleeveless or long sleeved design) and club T-shirt are available for all participants in the program to purchase at an additional cost. Please see reception for further information.
Can I take photos of my child?
Balwyn Gymnastics Club does not permit parents, guardians, spectators or participants to take photographs of children participating in gymnastics programs. YMCA is committed to the safeguarding of children and young people. We are aware that photography and video can be misused for inappropriate purposes, and by prohibiting this behaviour, can minimise the risk of misuse within our programs.
Full details of the YMCA Safeguarding Children and Young People can be obtained on request at the centre, or online at victoria.ymca.org.au/privacy-policy/safeguarding-children.html