Trying to get their bounce back

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NO SPRING IN THEIR STEPS… The Benalla Gymnastics Club will need a new spring floor to compete on a national level and further their skills. Photo: Supplied

The current spring floor at the Benalla Gymnastics Club is more than 30 years old and has lost its once Olympic-level spring, which means gymnasts can no longer practice higher-level skills.

Gymnasts have been left with no option but to train on the trampoline, which is less than ideal for those at a competitive level.

Member for Euroa and Deputy Leader of The Nationals, Steph Ryan MP met with coaches and committee representatives of the Benalla Gymnastics Club last week to see the gymnasts in action.

Ms Ryan said that over the past few years the Benalla Gymnastics Club Committee had applied for a number of grants and held fundraisers to assist with new equipment requirements however, they needed greater assistance to obtain the funding for the new floor which is estimated to cost over $60,000.

The club’s competitive gymnasts hope to compete next year and in 2021 at a national level in Queensland but the committee and coaches do not see this goal as possible due to the current conditions of the club’s spring floor.

“Local sports clubs are at the forefront of our communities and provide a great opportunity for people of all ages to come together and form new friendships all while keeping active,” Ms Ryan said.