Early childhood centres’ own gymnastics festival

GREAT TIME: The first early childhood gumnastics festival in Gisborne drew a large number of littlies and their whanau to the sports centre in Aberdeen Road yesterday morning. (From left) Denise Lelievre, Noah Blair (Pohutukawa Kids), Justyce Rangirangi work on the ropes. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Bowen Brown from Waiapu Kids has a go on the parallel bars.
Genivieve Barrett from Central Childcare and Education Centre gets helping hand from Shayne-Marie Moeke on the uneven bars.

CHILDREN from early childhood centres took part in their own inaugural gymnastics festival at the Electrinet Sports Centre in Aberdeen Road yesterday.

One hundred and eighty children from 13 centres and kohanga reo took part in the morning’s activities, some from as far afield as Waipiro Bay.

“After 47 successful years of the Tairawhiti Gymnastics Festival for primary, intermediate, and secondary schools, we figured it was time to get our early childhood community in on the game,” said active mokopuna co-ordinator Monique McLeod of Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.

“It became apparent the interest was there.

“So with the support of student volunteers from Gisborne Girls’ High, Tairawhiti Services Academy and the wonderful coaches from Gisborne Gymnastics Club, we made it happen,” .

A variety of gym stations were set up for the children — exploring a range of capabilities like climbing, jumping, rolling, balancing, swinging and throwing.

Fellow co-ordinator Helayna Ruifrok said early childhood years were a great place to start establishing a love for movement.

“So we were thrilled to see children having fun and beaming with confidence and pride in this exciting environment.”

CHILDREN from early childhood centres took part in their own inaugural gymnastics festival at the Electrinet Sports Centre in Aberdeen Road yesterday.

One hundred and eighty children from 13 centres and kohanga reo took part in the morning’s activities, some from as far afield as Waipiro Bay.

“After 47 successful years of the Tairawhiti Gymnastics Festival for primary, intermediate, and secondary schools, we figured it was time to get our early childhood community in on the game,” said active mokopuna co-ordinator Monique McLeod of Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti.

“It became apparent the interest was there.

“So with the support of student volunteers from Gisborne Girls’ High, Tairawhiti Services Academy and the wonderful coaches from Gisborne Gymnastics Club, we made it happen,” .

A variety of gym stations were set up for the children — exploring a range of capabilities like climbing, jumping, rolling, balancing, swinging and throwing.

Fellow co-ordinator Helayna Ruifrok said early childhood years were a great place to start establishing a love for movement.

“So we were thrilled to see children having fun and beaming with confidence and pride in this exciting environment.”

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