Last Saturday 8th February, the gymnastics community of WA came together to celebrate the achievements of our athletes, coaches, officials and clubs in 2019. It was our biggest year yet, with 240 guests attending the event held at the Pan Pacific Perth Hotel.
As the doors opened to the Grand River Ballroom, guests were greeted by the Taiko On Drummers of Perth who set the scene for the Tokyo 2020 theme. The talented drummers were then joined by athletes from Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy, Northern Districts Gymnastic Club and Spirit Gymsports who performed a Japanese inspired gymnastics display choreographed by Krasimira Yurukova. The display embraced the event’s Tokyo 2020 theme and gave the audience a taste of what opportunities exist through events such as the Festival of Gymnastics.
The evening was officially opened by Gymnastics WA’s Senior Participation & Inclusion Coordinator and MC Abid Imam, who warmed the crowd up and gave an overview of Gymnastics WA’s 2019 highlights. Gymnastics Australia Board Member Clare Hanlon, who had travelled all the way from Melbourne to attend also took the stage to welcome all attendees on behalf of Gymnastics Australia.
The awards began with Tracy Holmes taking out the 2019 Gymnastics WA Official of the Year Award. Tracy is an FIG Category 3 Judge and represented Australia as a Judge at the International Gymnix competition in Montreal in March 2019. Tracy also judged almost all Women’s Artistic Gymnastics sessions within the state, mentored judges and presented workshops.
Nine dedicated judges also received their Judge Service Pins, with Donna Grocott, Sharron Isard and Desiree Jones being WA’s first ever judges to receive the 25 year pin. Jo Bulsing, Michelle McMurdo and Melissa Read received the 20 year pin, while Krystal Cilia, Tarryn Isard and Lee-Myree Di Conza all received the 15 year pin.
Elliot Stratton was awarded the 2019 Gymnastics WA Coach of the Year for a very successful 2019 with his athletes. Elliot was the State Team Head Coach and represented Australia as a DMT Coach at the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Tokyo. Two of Elliot’s Senior DMT athletes represented Australia at this event, as well as a further two Junior Athletes who competed at the World Age Group Championships.
The evening also saw the retirement of some of our top National Levels athletes, Joseph Spellacy (High Flyers), Olivia De Rossi (NDGC), Charlotte Mitchell (NDGC), Jordana Shillington (Vital) and Rachael Morrison (NDGC). In 2019, Senior International athletes, Jake Thompson (High Flyers), Grace Barry (Spirit/NCE), Sophie Mahoney (T.J.’s/NCE), Kosara Yovcheva (RGA), Alisha Bates (NDGC), Giveney How (Spirit), Elyse Palmer (Spirit) and Charlie Singleton (Spirit) also announced their retirements from Elite Gymnastics.
The winner of the 2019 Gymnastics WA Athlete of the Year was Keara Nel from Trampoline Gymnastics. Keara had an outstanding competition season in 2019, representing Australia at World Championships for the second time. Competing DMT, Keara placed 13th in the individual competition and 4th in the team event. She was also part of the team that placed 5th in the AA Team finals. Keara’s individual ranking on DMT earned Australia a quota spot for the 2020 World Games.
Gymnastics WA also welcomed Darren Hicks, Helen Jones, Jaclyn Rhodes, Helen Westley and Krasimira Yurukova to the stage to receive the Gymnastics WA Award of Merit – Service along with Eva Kierath, Michelle McMurdo, Kayla Nel, Keara Nel, Jack Petrie and Elliot Stratton who received the Gymnastics WA Award of Merit – International Representation.
The Go for 2&5 Gold Plate Award in partnership with Healthway encourages affiliated clubs to develop a healthy club environment and was awarded to West Coast Gymnasts for Project Two-ty Fruity. This project involved increasing their members’ understanding of the importance of healthy eating.
The Volunteer Club of the Year was awarded to Rhythmic Gymnastics Academy for their continued development of volunteers within their club, particularly with the growth of Floor Managers within the RG community in 2019.
High Flyers Trampoline & Gymnastics Academy took out the Large Club of the Year Award for the significant upgrades to their venue, whilst Vital Gymnastics’ continued implementation of an effective CRM system and development of their WAG program earned them the Medium Club of the Year title. The Gymsport Champion Club Awards also acknowledged winners across six competitive gymsports, as well as featuring a club award for Gymnastics for All for the first time.
The prestigious Club Excellence Award recognises a club for a particular initiative that they have introduced within the year. Congratulations to Peak Trampoline who were awarded for their expansion of several of their in-club programs and competitive squads, as well as the continued implementation of Rebound Therapy and School programs.
Last but certainly not least, the much anticipated Champion Club of the Year Award went to Northern Districts Gymnastic Club for the 7th year in a row. Congratulations NDGC, what an achievement!
A massive congratulations to all of our finalists and winners. What a wonderful night it was and Gymnastics WA would like to thank all guests once again for attending the 2020 Gymnastics WA Awards Night.
The night would not have been possible without the contribution of our sponsors. Thank you to our major event sponsor, Brightside Live, for the coordination of the audio visual equipment and lighting at the event. Thank you must also go to our other Awards Night sponsors - Tang Technology, Travel Forever and Prime Trophies.
To download the 2020 Gymnastics WA Photo Album - click here . Huge thank you to our photographer for the evening, David from David Broadway Photography.