Gymnastics Australia

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Gymnastics Australia
GA
Gymnastics Australia logo.png
Sport Gymnastics
Jurisdiction Australia
Founded 1949 (1949)
Affiliation FIG
Affiliation date 1954
Headquarters Albert Park, Victoria
President Grant Harrison
Chief Exec Mark Rendell
Men's coach John Curtin
Women's coach Peggy Liddick
Official website
www.gymnastics.org.au
Australia

Gymnastics Australia (GA) is the governing body for the sport of gymnastics in Australia.

History[edit]

Gymnastics in Australia is thought to have originated in the early 20th century by eastern European immigrants.[1] It wasn't until after World War I when Australia was in the Great Depression that people started turning to organisations like the YWCA for support. From these community-based groups, the sport started to flourish.[1] Around the same time, gymnastics was included in the school curriculum at Geelong Grammar, Wesley College and Carey Grammar.[1] Australians participated in the sport for the first time at an Olympic Games at the Melbourne Games in 1956.[1]

The body was founded on 8 September 1949 as the Australian Gymnastic Union. Affiliation was accepted by the Australian Olympic Federation in 1951 and by the International Federation of Gymnastics in 1954. In 1968, the AGU changed its name to the Australian Amateur Gymnastic Union. In 1977, the name was changed again to the Australian Gymnastic Federation.[2] In 1981, the AGF became incorporated.[3] In 1999, the AGF changed to its current name of Gymnastics Australia.

Present day[edit]

Gymnastics Australia runs a head office in Melbourne, Victoria, and is the representative body to FIG.[4] Gymnastics Australia coordinates and provides gymnastics for Australians through eight Association Members:[4]

  • ACT Gymnastics Association Inc.
  • NSW Gymnastics Association Inc.
  • NT Gymnastics Association Inc.
  • Queensland Gymnastics Association Inc.
  • Gymnastics South Australian Inc.
  • Tasmania Gymnastics Associations Inc.
  • Victorian Gymnastics Association Inc.
  • Gymnastics Western Australia Inc.

Gymnastics Australia sets the routines and routine guidelines for the National Levels Program which are used by gymnasts around the country.

Prominent gymnastics from Australia through the ages include Lauren Mitchell, the first Australian gymnast to win gold at the World Championships[5] and Damian Istria who won Gold in the 2006 Commonwealth Games. [6]


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