BTYC Gymnastics (Gymnastics)
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Gymnastics is one of the most fundamental and exciting of all physical activities. The basic gymnastic skills of flexibility, balance, strength and agility are also perfect stepping stones for other sports.
Through proper instruction, participants in gymnastics programs progress in a number of key developmental areas, such as Coordination, Confidence, Goal Orientation, Discipline, Organisation and Creativity.
Both men and women of all ages participate in Gymnastics in non-competitive, competitive and elite streams. Gymnasts can choose the level at which they participate, based on the number of hours they wish to train and the level of achievement to which they aspire. All participants can be given the opportunity to compete at their level of skill.
|BTYC Club History|
Bulleen Templestowe Youth Club (BTYC) Gymnastics was formed in 1972, primarily as a physical education club for boys. The Gymnastics Club grew quickly and by 1974 catered for both boys and girls in makeshift facilities at Thompsons Road Hall Bulleen.
By 1981 the Club had a membership of 300 with a further 80 on a waiting list. At this time semi-permanent facilities in the Sheahans Road Stadium Bulleen were established. In 1981 the State Government approved part funding for a new purpose-built centre. The Doncaster and Templestowe Recreation Centre was located on the grounds of Templestowe High School, with the Club having majority shared ownership. The new facility officially opened in 1983. At this time the Victorian Gymnastics Association (VGA) shared use of the Recreation Centre. For approximately two years the VGA ran an Australian Institute of Sport Satellite Program concurrently with the Club. During the 1980s the Gymnastics Club continued to grow with a peak membership of some 600 members.
In the mid-1990s an Elite Program was introduced but was discontinued two years later as a result of its exorbitant expense. A period of consolidation and review followed. In 1996 the Club formally became an activity group of the Bulleen Templestowe Youth Club Inc. In 1998 the Recreation Centre and all of the gymnastic equipment were destroyed in a fire. Club members, with the support of the Manningham City Council, negotiated the use of temporary premises on Doncaster Road and competition gymnasts shared facilities with PIT Gymnastics at Research.
In 2000 Manningham City Council oversaw the construction of another purpose built gymnastic facility at Donvale. All gymnastic programs moved to the new facility - part of what is now known as the Donvale Indoor Sports Centre (DISC) - in March 2001.
In the eight years since moving to the DISC, participation in all programs has passed 2000, and continues to grow. The WG program is particularly well sought after with a waiting list of over 200 potential members. The Club has always been well regarded in the Gymnastics world, with gymnasts represented in State and National teams, and with highly respected coaches and administrators.