The Cummins Gymnastics Club officially opened its new training facility at the Cummins Memorial Recreation Centre on Friday.
Life member David ‘Crocket’ Hall and Cummins and District Community Bank branch manager Braden Gale cut the opening ribbon, allowing a stream of children and parents to enter the new facility.
Stage one of the new facility, which cost about $250,000, includes trampolines, a foam pit and higher ceilings and is almost double the size of the old facility.
On-site toilets, kitchen, store room and a warm up area will be completed in stage two of the development, which will start in mid-2019 and should be finished early in 2020.
Coach and committee member Cherylynne Letton said the committee was glad the build was over so the gym could continue to cater for future generations.
“We’ve gone from a small area to almost double in size and we’ve extended the floor to a proper size of a gymnasium floor.
“We currently have 100 kids training, doubling from 50 in 2016.
“Other benefits are the birthday parties now held in the gym and a visit from a martial arts club from Port Lincoln each week.”
Coach Paula Britza said everyone was excited and the community had been “overwhelming in their support”,
“Having the ability to hold two lessons concurrently allows the kids to watch older age groups and see how they train and they can aspire to get to that level,” Mrs Britza said.
A coach and at least seven children and teenagers have transferred from the Port Lincoln Gymnastics Club to the Cummins Gymastics Club because the extended ceilings mean older age groups can train at the gym without fear of injury.
Mrs Britza said training in their own gym had given the club members a greater sense of belonging.
At the opening Hannah Treloar was presented with the Georgia Stevens Memorial Award for her hard work as a gymnast by Georgia’s mother, Trish Stevens.