Our competitive gymnastic stream, GymStar Squad, gives children the option to take their sport to the next level.

This is a Gymnastics Victoria recreational-competitive program that provides the gymnast with the opportunity to grow their gymnastics skills and focus strongly on their technique and execution including acrobatic movements and aerial awareness.

Throughout the year GymStar holds competitions for gymnasts to enter. GymStar competitions focus on participation and teamwork, as well as individual and team achievements and skill development.

Gymnasts progress through GymStar levels and attend external competitions to perform competitive level skills. Gymnastics Victoria GymStar classes are grouped according to age and ability.

Our gymnastics studio is equipped with state-of-the-art equipment including balance beams, bars, rings, trampolines and a sprung floor.

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Program levels

Balwyn Gymnastics Club uses the GymStar programming model in our recreational competitive gymnastics program. 

The GymStar model emphasises the execution of skills and performance of routines. Participants progress through ten levels which reflect their progress in developing new skills.

We have established three squad types: Mini Squad, Junior Squad and Senior Squad, which support the relevant GymStar levels in line with participant’s ability.

Participants in our Junior and Senior Squads are expected to participate in GymStar competitions with other local clubs.

GymStar gymnasts train and compete on the following apparatus: balance beam, floor, frame rings, parallel bars, uneven bars and vault.


Mini Squad

Level: Introductory to competitions

Class duration: 60 minutes

Our Mini Squad classes focus on developing basic gymnastics skills required for our Junior Squad and Senior Squad programs. Our Mini Squad gymnasts are not expected to attend competitions.

Junior Squad

Levels: - 4

Class duration: 120 minutes

Gymnasts in our Junior Squad classes progress through GymStar levels two to five, with a focus on developing the foundations required for advanced gymnastics skills. Gymnasts participating in Junior Squad are expected to attend competitions.

Senior Squad

Levels: - 10

Class duration: 150 minutes

Gymnasts in our Senior Squad classes progress through GymStar levels five to ten. Using the foundations learnt in Junior Squad, our Senior Squad gymnasts focus on achieving advanced gymnastics skills. Gymnasts participating in Senior Squad are expected to attend competitions.

How to join

Interested in joining our competitive gymnastics program? Complete the enquiry form on this page.


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. 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. We encourage participants to use personal hygiene products such as deodorant.

    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.

  • Make-up class policy
    • You must register your absence, via the online customer portal, two hours prior to the class starting.
    • You must not have exceeded the number of available make-up classes per student (five annually).
    • If your regular class falls on a public holiday or Easter Sunday, you will not be charged. There are no classes or make-up class replacements for public holidays and Easter Sunday.
    • Make-up classes have an expiry of 90 days from the absent class. Make-up classes not claimed within 90 days will be forfeited.
    • Absences can be registered 14 days in advance.