Over recent years Manly Warringah Gymnastic Club has been recognised as one of the premier WG Clubs. We currently have girls competing from Levels 1 - 6.
In 2006 we were awarded Gymnastics NSW WAG Club of the year and placed 3rd in the Level 7-10 National Clubs Competition.
Several of the gymnasts who were involved in these achievements have moved into coaching roles at our Club and are listed below;
Tahnee Wickham Level 7 NSW State Team Member
Laura White Level 8 NSW State Team Member
Kirilee Wickham Level 8 NSW State Team Member
Emma Ludowici Level 10 NSW State Team Member
Michelle Jan Level 10 NSW and Australian Team Member
Heather Rath Level 10 NSW and Australian Team Member
There are currently 3 different competitive programs in Women’s Gymnastics (WG) in Australia. Manly Warringah Gymnastics Club offers all three.
The State Stream program is a competitive program where the gymnasts have the opportunity to compete at region and state level. While we encourage all our State Stream gymnasts to compete on all four events (bars, beam, floor & vault), these gymnasts have the opportunity to specialise in three apparatus and are not necessarily required to compete in all four events.
The National program is designed for competitive gymnasts. These gymnasts will have the opportunity to compete at club, region and state level from level 1 through to level 10. In the higher levels, gymnasts may also have the opportunity to compete at National level.
The International Development Program is designed for exceptionally talented gymnasts. (IDP) has been developed to guide and develop gymnasts towards International Level gymnastics. There are not 10 IDP levels - Gymnasts will move from IDP Level 1 - 2 - 3 - 5 -6 - 8 and 10. The purpose of this program is to train gymnasts who have the potential to compete at an international level. Many hours training are involved and strong desire to train is essential.
Positions in our Competitive Programs are limited and are offered to only a small number of gymnasts, they provide many opportunities and therefore selection and participation should be viewed as a privilege. Accepting a position in the squad requires the acceptance of certain expectations and a high level of dedication from the Gymnast, in return you can expect the dedication and commitment from the club and coaches to the task of developing the gymnast ability to the highest level.
Short term squad and Pre-Level classes goals are to develop the physical foundation and basic skills to ensure the best opportunity to progress through the Gymnastics Australia National Levels Program.
Intermediate goals will include advancement to our NDP squads and Levels Programs with the opportunity to compete at Regional and State level competition and possible selection on our Clubs team for the National Club Championships.
Long term goals include advancement to NDP 7-10, with the opportunity to compete at State and National Level competition and ultimately for those athletes that achieve the highest standard, possible Australian representation.
In order to ensure success we will require you to meet certain expectations. Firstly training times, as you progress through the system these will increase.
We understand that increasing hours may be a large step alongside school. However, children are resilient. It may take a few weeks to get into a routine but once the routine is set, the majority of children will cope with no troubles.
The policy of our club and coaches is to provide an effective and productive training program; this will ensure our gymnasts will succeed without training excessive hours. Our gymnasts train fewer hours than many clubs competing at an equivalent level but we are highly successful due to our quality program and coaching standards.
Success at high level gymnastics requires the accomplishment of many individual and different skills; many of these requiring very precise fine motor skills and timing. The gymnast is also required to be strong, powerful and flexible.
As the gymnast progresses higher through the Levels system, the skills become more difficult and higher in risk.
To be successful in gymnastics requires many years of dedicated and consistent training, the gymnast will be required to complete each exercise and each skill many times in order to safely and successfully achieve and perfect routines for competition. Unlike Recreational Gymnastics, training will usually continue through the school holiday breaks, this is to ensure that the gymnast will continue to progress and develop your skills. Holiday breaks will be scheduled by the coach at a time which will have the least impact on the program. These breaks will ultimately depend on the competition program and therefore may vary from year to year.
We do realise that Gymnastics is only a part of the gymnasts life and that there will be times where it will be necessary for the focus to be elsewhere, it is also necessary to ensure balance across all aspects of the gymnasts life, family, friends, school and sport.
We have a very successful Men's program at Manly Warringah Gymnastic Club.
We currently have boys competing up to level 7 and our program is consistantly growing.
Some recent highlights include:
- State Championships 2009
- Dan McCudden All Around State Champion Level 7
- Cameron Malone All Around State Champion Level 6 International
- 4 Individual Runner-up All Around State Champions
- 4 Individual 3rd places
- State Championships 2008
- Braden Machonachie All Around State Champion Level 2 Age
- 3 Individual 3rd places
- State Championships 2007
- Lewis Redding All Around State Champion Level 4 Age
- Ben Penny All Around State Champion Level 4 Open
- 1 Individual 3rd places
- National Championships
- Travers Keirle 2008 Champion on Floor, Runnur-up on Vault
- 11 boys selected for NSW State Development Squad in 2010
- 2008 National Clubs
- Level 2 & 3 - Runners-up
- Level 4 - 3rd place
- Level 5 & 6 - Champions