Better facilities at new Cummins gym

BUILD: Cummins Gym Club committee members Bernie Crettenden, Bek Freeman and
Belinda Jutzen outside the new facility.
BUILD: Cummins Gym Club committee members Bernie Crettenden, Bek Freeman and Belinda Jutzen outside the new facility.

The Cummins Gymnastics Club will officially open its brand new training facility at the Cummins Memorial Recreation Centre tonight (November 10).

An official opening ribbon will be cut at 5.30pm followed by a display by two gymnasts from the Port Lincoln Gymnastics Club, speeches and a barbecue. 

Stage one of the new facility, which cost about $250,000, includes trampolines, a foam pit and higher ceilings.

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.

The new gym facility is almost double the size of the old facility, a pavilion located at the Cummins Showgrounds.

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,” said Mrs Letton.

Coach Paula Britza said everyone was really 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,” said Mrs Britza.

A coach and at least seven children and teenagers have transferred from the Port Lincoln Gymnastics Club to the Cummins Gymastics Club now the extended ceilings mean that older age groups can now 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 and “a buzz” knowing it’s their own gym club.