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June 2024 Newsletter

Oh, the weather outside is frightful, but in the gym it's so delightful! Since there's no way else to get in the know, it's time to give our June newsletter a go! 

Term Dates

Term 2: 

  • April 8th - July 7th (except Balance Squads)

 

Term 3

  • July 15th - September 21st ​​(except Balance Squads)

Winter Holiday Program: 

Our Winter Holiday Program schedule is complete and we're ready to welcome everyone to the gym.

 

These holidays, our popular PlayGym, OpenGym and Skill Workshops are back. There really is something to keep the whole family warm and entertained during the next holiday break!

📆 1st - 12th July

🎟️ Bookings are essential and can be made via our Customer Portal

PlayGym

PlayGym sessions are specifically for children up to 5 years old. This non-structured program runs as a free play session, allowing kids to swing on the bars, jump into the foam pit, build a cubby house or whatever their imagination allows! Activities in the gym will differ between sessions to challenge, motivate and capture the interest and imaginations of participants.

Dates: Each week day 1st July - 12th July 

Age: 0-5 Years

Times: 11:00am - 12:30pm (stay for part or the whole session!)

OpenGym

OpenGym allows participants to use our gymnastics facility in ways that suit them. Jump on the trampolines, drop into the foam pit, swing on the bars or build a cubby house - it’s up to you!

Dates: 1st July - 12th July (select dates)

Cost: $15/participant per session

Time: 1:00pm - 2:30pm

Winter Skills Workshops

Our 1.5 hour skill workshops focus on specific gymnastics elements and skill progressions, allowing participants to extend their ability in each workshop. Non-members are welcome to join in the fun!

 

Dates: 1st July - 10th July (select dates)

Cost: $25.00/session

Time: 1:00pm 2:30pm

Participant Age: Currently attending school

What to Bring : BYO snack and water bottle

Workshop Focus: ​

  • Monday 1st July - Handstand and Cartwheels

  • Wednesday 3rd July - UrbanGym (think parkour, ninja warrior and trampoline tricks!)

  • Friday 5th July - Flips and Tricks (make great progress toward walkovers, round offs, aerials and flips)

  • Monday 8th July - Handstand and Cartwheels

  • Wednesday 10th July - UrbanGym (think parkour, ninja warrior and trampoline tricks!)

 

More information is available on the Holiday Program page

Upcoming Important Dates: 

July

  • July 1st | July Tuition Processed

  • July 7th | Term 2 Ends

  • July 8th - 14th | Scheduled Holiday Week NO CLASSES (Holiday Program Only, except Balance Squads)

  • July 15th | Term 3 Begins

  • July 15th | August Tuition charges placed onto family accounts 

  • July 29th - 31st | OIympic Week

August 

  • August 1st - 3rd | Olympic Week (continued) ​​

Illness and Absences: 

The onset of colder weather means that the winter lurgies are well and truly here! 

If your gymnast is sick, we do ask that you keep them at home rather than sharing their germs with the rest of the gym. This ensures that everyone stays healthy during the winter months and we can keep all of our classes running.

If your gymnast is going to be absent, simply jump onto our Customer Portal and log your absence under Account > Student > Future Absences. You will then receive a make up token for use up to 30 days after the scheduled class has run.

Photography and Videos: 

As many of our gymnasts do not have photo permission, taking photos and videos from our viewing area is prohibited. 

This helps us to maintain a child safe environment and respect the wishes of all members. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

The Pathway to Paris: 

With The Games of the XXXIII Olympiad Paris 2024 scheduled in just a few short weeks, Olympic fever is starting to set in across the sporting world! 

Having qualified a full Women's Artistic Gymnastics team to the Olympic Games for the first time since London 2012, Australia is looking to impress on the world stage. 

 

Five superstar athletes are set to don the green and gold against the world's best in Paris, including a record number of Victorians: ​

  • Kate McDonald - VIC

  • Emma Nedov - VIC

  • Ruby Pass - QLD 

  • Breanna Scott - VIC

  • Emily Whitehead - VIC

To celebrate Paris 2024, Balance is getting in the spirit with a range of Olympic themed activities across the months of July and August: 

Olympic Week

Planned to coincide with the Artistic Gymnastics competition, the gym will turn itself Green and Gold in support of the Australian contingent from July 29th - August 3rd. More information coming soon!

Adopt an Olympian - Kate McDonald  

Having closely followed her gymnastics journey both as an athlete and coach, our management team have been busy in discussion with one athlete who we are excited to support as our "adopted Olympian" in the lead up to and during the Games...Kate McDonald!

Kate has represented Australia for many years on the international stage and is set to make her Olympic debut in Paris.

A proud Victorian, Kate currently trains at CYC Gymsports in Cheltenham, with long time coach Jeb Silsbury.

Her stand out performances include:

  • World Championships representative 2019, 2022 & 2023

  • 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth Games - Beam Champion and Team Silver

  • 2022 Oceania Uneven Bars Champion

  • 2018 Pacific Rim Championships - Bronze Uneven Bars and Team

Competitive results aside, Kate exemplifies everything gymnastics is about: perseverance, dedication and a whole heap of fun! These characteristics make her the obvious choice for us to cheer on and support on the pathway to Paris. 

Now busy in her final preparations for the Games, Kate agreed to visit us at Balance post-Olympics to talk about her experience and meet all her supporters! 

How can I support Kate? 

With many fun activities planned in the coming weeks, there are a number of ways for you to support Kate and the Australian team: 

 

Kate McDonald "Reflections" Leotard

In conjunction with leotard manufacturer Sylvia P, Kate has designed a training leotard which is available to purchase. Each leotard purchased will contribute to Kate's fundraising effort, ensuring that Kate and her family can celebrate a lifetime's achievement together in Paris. 

Check out the leotard here: https://www.sylviap.com.au/collections/path-to-paris/products/kate-mcdonald-x-sylvia-p

 

All orders need to be submitted by 30th July 2024, so get in quick!

Supporter Poster Competition

Fancy yourself as the best Olympic supporter? It's time to get your craft on and enter our Supporter Poster competition! 

Simply create a poster that screams Green and Gold, cheering on Kate McDonald and the rest of the Australian athletes and bring it into the gym by 20th July 2024.

Each entry will go into the draw to win a prize, to be announced during our Olympic Week celebrations.

Admin Reminders: 

Payment Details

Have you recently received a new bank card?

A friendly reminder to make sure your payment details are up to date in our system

We know that many families have multiple debits set up on the one card and changing over to new details generally happens when something bounces...which debit comes off which card?! We've all been there! 

Our Customer Portal makes it a breeze to check which card you have stored on file, at any time of the day.

Simply head to the Portal > Account > Update Payment Method

Email Subscription

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Make sure you log into your account and subscribe to receive all the important updates from the club. If you're unsure how to do this, please see one of our friendly Venue Leaders who will be able to assist. 

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