Record Growth in Women’s Sport through Gymnastics
As Gymnastics heats up in Melbourne with the Australian Gymnastics Championships and next month’s Victorian Championships, Gymnastics clubs around Victoria are thriving.
Women’s sport continues to grow significantly in Victoria with Gymnastics currently the fastest growing major-participation sport in Victoria, with over 700,000 participants recorded at clubs at the end of 2016.
Over the past four years, the number of registered gymnastics participants has increased by 52% and is on track to top 60,000 members in 2017.
Also recording steady growth has been the number of Gymnastics Clubs around the state with a 22.5% increase culminating in the current number of 130 registered clubs.
To accommodate the growing demand for Gymnastics across Victoria the coaching and judging workforce has increased by 64% from 1,100 in 2012 to 1,814 at the end of 2016.
Over 650 Victorian athletes will feature in the upcoming Victorian Championships which are being held over the Queen’s Birthday Weekend from 10-12 June at the State Netball & Hockey Centre in Parkville.
There will also be an international flavour to the long weekend with 19 male gymnasts from Arizona State University joining the men’s competition as well as 15 athletes from New Zealand.
The June Victorian Championships will be a gymnastics melting pot of Men’s Victorian Championships, Women’s Victorian Championships, Rhythmic Gymnastics Aussie All Stars and Level 7 & 8 Victorian Championships, Women’s Gymnastics Southern Cross Classic and Saturday night’s feature event, the Women’s Gymnastics National Levels Spectacular.
Gymnastics Victoria CEO Jamie Parsons is particularly proud of the growth of Gymnastics in Victoria over the past four years and looks forward to the Victorian Championships.
“It’s great to see such strong growth in Gymnastics across Victoria, especially when there is so much competition from other sports. We can’t wait to welcome over 700 athletes to our Victorian Championships for a great few days of competition,” said Mr Parsons.
Victorian athletes are also on display at the Australian Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena which began yesterday.
During 2017 there will be 550 Victorian State Team representatives who will compete across Men’s, Women’s, Rhythmic, Trampoline, Acrobatic and Aerobic Gymnastics – this number is up 33% from 2012 when there were 408 representatives.
Victorian Gymnast Georgia-Rose Brown, who is currently ranked 2nd in the FIG World Rankings on Uneven Bars, is impressed with the quality of gymnasts coming through the state.
“I’m excited to be part of such a strong team of Victorian athletes and look forward to competing at both the Australian Gymnastics Championship and the Victorian Championships over the next month,” says Miss Brown.
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