Eastern Courier : January 2nd 2013
www.easterncourier.co.nz 3 EASTERN COURIER, JANUARY 2, 2013 NEWS GRAND OPENING AUCKLAND NIGHT MARKET WESTFIELD GLENFIELD EVERY SUNDAY 5:30 -- 11:00pm AUCKLAND NIGHT MARKET WESTFIELD PAKURANGA EVERY SATURDAY 6:00pm til Midnight AUCKLAND NIGHT MARKET DRESSMART ONEHUNGA EVERY THURSDAY FROM 24TH JANUARY 5:30pm -- 10:30pm AUCKLAND NIGHT MARKET HUNTERS PLAZA PAPATOETOE 6PM -- MIDNIGHT EVERY FRIDAY FROM 11TH JANUARY 2013 Food, fashion & family fun 200 stalls, 80 food stalls, and live entertainment GRAND OPENING email@example.com | (09) 576 5223 | 027 6899 520 | www.aucklandnightmarket.co.nz 5082262AA Gym jumps through hoops By SIMON SMITH Horsey ride: Bryan Beattie with grandson and Howick Gymnastics Club member Blake Beattie, 3, play on worn equipment. The club wants to upgrade its gear and find a bigger venue so it can cater for demand, president Juliann Te Young says. ''The club is all about fun, fitness and building friendship with professional programmes and qualified coaches.'' Photos: SIMON SMITH Hanging out: Club members Tamika Te Young, 8, Liam Zimmer, 11, and Abby Beattie, 7. Training hard: Coach Andrew Zimmer directs his son Liam, 11, on the rings as club members Abby Beattie, 7, and Tamika Te Young, 8, practise on the beam. ARTISTIC gymnasts in East Auckland are in search of a bigger and better home. The Howick Gymnastics Club finds itself in a quan- dary because it has to make quick decisions about its future. Its equipment is old and needs replacing, and it is also faced with increased rent at a Ben Lomond Cres warehouse that is too small for its expanding numbers. Club president Juliann Te Young says the population of East Auckland is growing but unlike other parts of the city there is no purpose-built gymnastics facility. Sharing a hard-floor gym is not easy because gymnas- tics gear cannot be quickly set up and packed away. In December the incorpor- ated society approached the Howick Local Board asking for short-term help and to float its dream of a multi- sport facility centred on gymnastics with other sports using the centre as well. There is obviously a hub of activity going on around Lloyd Elsmore and we d like to continue that with a sport- ing hub for the eastern suburbs, she says. Short-term we would like assistance with rent and maybe even getting our equipment up to a good stan- dard. Mrs Te Young says long- term certainty would help the club invest in equipment for the future. The current problem has been elevated because the owner of the Pakuranga Heights warehouse is nego- tiating a significant rent increase and has put the building on the market. The club will probably have to re-sign for another two years because it has nowhere to go, but Mrs Te Young says that long-term the rent is not sustainable. Club fees are already as high as they can reasonably go. The uncertainty over future premises leaves the club in a quandary over whether it can afford new equipment and what space it is buying it for. Some top gymnasts have left due to its inability to deliver . For example their current flooring is at crisis point and could cost $60,000 to replace, and the gym is not big enough to set up the trampoline safely. The club has about $80,000 in term deposit sav- ings. Mrs Te Young says the club has thrived over the past 20 months under new management. Membership has grown 50 per cent to 490 people and there is a waiting list for some programmes. Most of its gymnasts are aged between 2 and 16, taught by 32 coaches on a casual basis. The club aims to increase preschool, community and school access to the sport of gymnastics as well as to extend its coaching pro- gramme. The number of boys in the club has increased from five to 50 in the past year. The club is also achieving well. It got the most first places of about 10 Auckland clubs in the recreation division of the 2012 competition season, and the girls competitive squad had podium places throughout the season. Classes offered range from play gym for preschoolers to recreation, advanced rec- reation and the girls com- petitive squad. The club hosts and runs the Eastern Schools Gym- nastics Competition.
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