02 November 2020

Community Discovers Gymnastics at the Telethon Family Festival

    

On Sunday 25 October, Gymnastics WA participated in the Telethon Family Festival, delivering a Gym Warriors and KinderGym circuit. After what has been a difficult year of isolations, restrictions and cancellations across Western Australia, the Telethon Family Festival was an opportunity for families to enjoy a great day out whilst raising money for Telethon.

The sold out event was held at Perth’s Optus Stadium, just under 20,000 attendees walking through the gate to experience the fun and excitement of the Family Festival. With the sun shining, West Australians poured into the event for six hours of entertainment, rides and activities, knowing their $5 entry fee was going straight to Telethon. The Gymnastics WA circuit was located within the HBF Active Zone, prime position as energetic children entered the Stadium.

The KinderGym circuit was the place to be for our 0 – 5 participants, encouraging children to discover and explore through play whilst learning to balance, jump, climb and most importantly have fun participating in gymnastics. Parents watched and also participated as their children beamed with happiness as they bounded through the course, jumping on stepping stones, balancing on the beam, rolling down the wedge and using their strong muscles along the parallel bars.

KinderGym is a nationally developed gymnastics program designed for children aged 0 – 5, encouraging children to interact in a fun and engaging environment while developing fundamental life skills. Children, such as the participants at the Telethon Family Festival, were able to increase their confidence and self-esteem through creative learning and a playful setting.

With nationally accredited coaches spread across the circuits, children were encouraged to discover their abilities, build confidence and to give everything a go in a safe and support environment.  

For the older kids, the Gym Warriors circuit presented children with a challenging yet thrilling course to test their skills whilst also building their confidence. Children swung, climbed, rolled and jumped through the Gym Warriors obstacle course, most running to their parents begging to go around again.

Gym Warriors is a recreational and community based program, developed to encourage children to move in exciting ways, capturing elements of the popular Ninja Warrior, parkour, free-running and obstacle course training.

Thanks to Gymnastics Australia and the Sport AUS – Move It Aus Participation Grant, our KinderGym participants received a bright and very colourful KinderGym t-shirt on their way out of the circuit. Some lucky Gym Warriors participants were also given a free gift, being the first to receive an official Gymnastics WA Gym Warriors t-shirt.  Each and every child also received a Gymnastics WA flyer, with an easy step by step guide on how to find their local gymnastics club.

The community also had the chance to meet Gymnastics WA Gym Squad member, Maddie as she strolled around Optus Stadium, taking photos with the community. Overall, it was a hugely successful event, encouraging children to live a healthy lifestyle through gymnastics participation as well as the promotion of Go for 2&5 key messages. 

Telethon Chairman Richard Goyder thanked the West Australian public for their support of the Family Festival. "The support of Western Australia was shown in numbers today. In what has been a challenging year for many, the inaugural Telethon Family Festival presented by Coles was all about bringing the community together in the spirit of Telethon to enjoy a great day out whilst raising money to help kids that need it the most," he said. 

Gymnastics WA would also like to acknowledge major partner Healthway, promoting the Go for 2& 5 message, for their ongoing support to gymnastics and in particular, the Gymnastics WA Gym Warriors program.