Logan is set to become a hub for Australia’s future gymnastics talent when PCYC opens its doors to the public in July or August.
World-class facilities generally attract world-class talent, and the club will have the only international-standard floors designed for rhythmic gymnastics.
Logan is already on the world stage when it comes to rhythmic disciplines, largely thanks to coach Kerrie Mancini who has nurtured a team which is now among the best in Australia.
At the recent national championships, Logan picked up medals in each of the categories they entered.
Ms Mancini has surrounded herself with talent, hiring a ballet coach to sit alongside the technical coaches.
“When we move to the new facilities, I can see a lot of people wanting to change clubs,” Ms Mancini said.
“People will travel for the best facilities and to train with other elite athletes. We already see that happening in the rhythmic program, where people come from all over Brisbane.”
All of the gymnastics facilities at the new PCYC at Slacks Creek will be new, meaning they’ll all be up to international standard, which means the artistic gymnastics program is also set to improve.
The club has a pathways program which allows participants in all forms of gymnastics to grow into competition, or to remain at recreational level.
The recreational program is a fun weekly session for all abilities. It helps coordination and agility and builds flexibility and strength.
Children start from ages 4-5, and move through the ranks from “kinder play” through to competitive level if that’s the way they want to go.
The rhythmic form is a blend of dance and gymnastics, and uses ropes, hoops, balls, clubs and ribbons to put together a floor routine of leaps, pivots, balances and tumbling.
Artistic gymnastics uses vault, uneven bars, balance beam and floor for women, adding rings and parallel bars for men.
“This new facility will certainly be the biggest in the Logan area, and will be right up there alongside some of the best facilities, certainly in Queensland,” Ms Mancini said.
“It’s always nice to get new equipment.”