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Club history

The Southern Canberra Gymnastics Club (SCGC) was formed on 14 December 1982 by a group of parents who then had children attending a private gymnastics club. The club was formed with some 60 gymnasts and five coaches and was incorporated on 18 April 1983 with classes at Erindale and Stirling colleges and at Wanniassa High School.

About the club

The Southern Canberra Gymnastic Club (SCGC) is an Incorporated community (not for profit) sporting organisation that was established in 1983. The club is affiliated with Gymnastics ACT and, through it, with Gymnastics Australia.

SCGC’s organisation comprises a committee, a management team led by the senior program managers, and a number of part time and casual coaches.

The club has a Star 4 rating under Gymnastics Australia’s Club 10 quality assurance program. To achieve this rating, the club’s operations, policies, procedures, facilities and a range of other requirements were independently audited. We’re also a Level 3 Good Sports Club.

While having strong competitive programs, the club prides itself on its commitment to its recreational programs that allow for kids of all sporting abilities to participate in a fun environment.

Gymnastics physically and mentally prepares children for all sports and is extremely beneficial in their personal development. It develops co-ordination, strength, flexibility and quickness, while it promotes concentration skills and self-discipline in the young child. Many former Southern Canberra kids have gone on to excel in other sports and in the academic world.

The club is also committed to the life-skills development of its gymnasts by providing valuable work experience through its coaches apprenticeship program. This program takes those gymnasts who wish to take up coaching and assigns them to a more experienced coach to gain coaching skills and experience until they reach the age requirement to achieve formal coaching accreditation. This work experience, we believe, is also of significant benefit to the on-going life-skill development of those involved.

The club currently has some of the best coaches in Australia and we continually strive to provide the best coaching experience for the children, regardless of their skill levels. The club has produced top class gymnasts, including several Australian representatives. Our gymnasts regularly represent the ACT at Australian Championships, with a number of these winning individual and team medals. In local state and National Clubs competitions Southern Canberra has also been a leader, producing many State Champions and National Club team award winners.

The club has been honoured with the prestigious Tuggeranong Valley Coach of the Year award three times. We also won Women’s Artistic Gymnastics National Levels “coach of the year” in 2017.