Gymnastics WA Receives Four Grants to Kickstart Gym Warriors
21 November 2022


Throughout the past several months, Gymnastics WA’s Gym Warriors program has received funding through four separate funding streams to get young people across WA moving. 


The first to take place was Whitfords Warriors Takeover, which contained two action-packed activations at the beautiful Whitfords Nodes Park. Funding from the City of Joondalup allowed the two events to be free of charge to the community. Taking place on the 9th and 23rd of October, the activations saw participants of all ages tackle Gym Warriors for the ultimate obstacle course challenge. Two circuits were available to include all age ranges in the activities: a ‘Dojo Zone’ designed for children aged three and under, and a ‘Warrior Zone’ for those above the age of three. Certified Gym Warriors coaches were stationed throughout both circuits to assist participants through the obstacles and ensure everyone was happy, safe and comfortable with the activities.

  

Left: Mayor Albert Jacob with our Gym Warrior coaches at the Whitfords Warriors Takeover. 
Right: A Gym Warriors participant tackles a section of the ninja warrior obstacle course. 



Next up, Gym Warriors was delivered in Grovelands Primary School for a four-week program beginning on 14th October. Four classes of years 5 and 6 students, as well as three classes of years 1 and 2 children, engaged in Gym Warriors sessions delivered by our friendly Gym Warriors coaches. There was no shortage of smiles in Grovelands Primary when the Gym Warriors activities came out!


A successful City of Wanneroo Community Grant allowed Gym Warriors to facilitate a four-week program in Ngala Child and Parent Centre Banksia Grove. Gymnastics WA coaches were joined by Gym Warriors certified coaches from local club Northern Districts Gymnastics Centre who worked together to roll out the program. Gymnastics WA is looking forward to more clubs upskilling their coaches so that they have the opportunity to be contracted for programs such as these. Participants as young as 18 months old enjoyed the program across all four weeks, which included theme-based lessons: Under the Sea, Colours, Pirates and Dinosaurs! During the Colours session, Gym Warriors learned to sign the colours of the rainbow in Auslan. Several participants eagerly continued using Auslan for the rest of the program, proving what we’ve known all along – children soak up knowledge at that age! 




Above: A group photo of Gym Warriors coaches and participants at Ngala Child and Parent Centre Banksia Grove during their dinosaur-themed lesson.


Thanks to support from Healthway through their Physical Activity Innovation Grant, Gymnastics WA launched Gym Warriors Community Collective (GWCC) in October. GWCC is a FREE exciting program providing an opportunity for young people to leave their troubles at the door and challenge themselves with fast-paced, energetic activities. In addition to these activities, GWCC has workshops on nutrition and mental health to support participants’ wellbeing. GWCC is being delivered in Bunbury PCYC, Collie PCYC, Fremantle PCYC, Gosnells PCYC and Rockingham PCYC. Participants can contact their chosen PCYC for any queries including sign-ups and scheduling.

    

Left: A Gym Warriors participant in action. 
Middle: Olympian Blair Evans from A Stitch In Time presenting a mental health workshop. 
Right: Foodbank WA leading a nutrition workshop.


Thank you to those who booked Gym Warriors, our coaches, and to our funding partners for making these programs possible: Healthway, City of Armadale, City of Wanneroo, and City of Joondalup. Gymnastics WA is delighted to improve the wellbeing of young Western Australians through Gym Warriors and related activities.

For those wishing to continue their Gym Warriors journey at a local gymnastics club, please refer to our club finder and filter your search by the ‘Gymnastics For All’ program. 

For more information, contact us via email at [email protected].