EXPANDING HORIZONS: Gymnasts (back) Ella Murphy, Demi Eather, Lillie Clarke, Shaye Campbell, Amber Hentschel, Lara Walker, Imogene Davidson (front) Steph Lyons, Mikayla O’Neill and Christie Lyons and president Coby Walker welcome a Queensland Government grant to build a new shed.
EXPANDING HORIZONS: Gymnasts (back) Ella Murphy, Demi Eather, Lillie Clarke, Shaye Campbell, Amber Hentschel, Lara Walker, Imogene Davidson (front) Steph Lyons, Mikayla O’Neill and Christie Lyons and president Coby Walker welcome a Queensland Government grant to build a new shed. Sophie Lester

Rose City gymnastic club raises bar with new facility

AFTER a few months of waiting, Warwick Gymnastic Club has come out on top in the Queensland Government Get Playing spaces and places grants.

The club has received a major boost of $94,531 to extend its facilities in the fourth funding round announced Tuesday.

Club president Coby Walker said the club was grateful to have the opportunity to expand and welcome a higher level of gymnastics competition to the Rose City.

"We applied for the funding back in September to build a new shed to accommodate an international standard floor," Mr Walker said.

"Our current floor is only 10x10m and we need a 12x12m to be of international standard.

"It was certainly a surprise to us - we were definitely hoping we would get (the funding) but we're incredibly thankful to the State Government for recognising we've got something going on for the community here."

Excited for the changes ahead, Mr Walker said the good news came in a phone call Tuesday morning.

The extension was first announced at a club meeting in October but Mr Walker said the funding would allow the club to expand a lot earlier than planned. "Our long-serving members are still messaging me and they're ecstatic and grateful we can start project much earlier than we thought," he said.

"Now have to go through the process with council so we're unsure but we're hoping to have the project completed by May.

"It will be going up as soon as possible and hopefully we'll hold a big competition in the new shed by end of the year."

Mr Walker said the extensions would be beneficial for both the club and broader community.

"Without a doubt it will improve performance for our own members by allowing some of the bigger girls to perform more advanced routines and also afford the club a bigger capacity," he said.

"Our normal comps are only one day and people travel here on that day and go home, but with a bigger floor there will be more competitions like qualifiers for states.

"The Warwick community as a whole will benefit because people will be staying in town, eating out, seeing tourists attractions, and spending money at local businesses.

"We'd like to think our little shed gives a little bit more than just helping our sport - we think it has the potential to support lots more businesses than just us."



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