Hive of activity and excitement

FUN AND CHALLENGE: Helpers Annabelle Higgins and Lauren Pickett with Rosie McLachlan from Matawai Playcentre. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Hiona Nomm from the JRD Learning Centre on the beam.
Harry Newman, from Matawai, swings on the rings.
Matawai’s Ruby Ferris on the rings.
Kimihia Kohanga Reo’s Moana Rangiuia-Wade, with a great shot through the hoop held by helper Keisha Ferris.

Now in its second year, the Tairawhiti Early Childhood Gymnastics festival yesterday was “a hive of activity and excitement,” said Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti Active Mokopuna co-ordinator Monique McLeod.

There were 123 children from 10 early childhood centres across the district who attended the event at Gisborne Gym Club at the Electrinet Sports Centre.

The environment was set up to provide maximum fun and challenge to children.

“We used gymnastics equipment to create a giant playground, with a range of obstacles that challenged tamariki to jump, roll, climb, swing, bounce, swing, balance and throw.

“Learning these skills is essential to creating kids who are motivated and confident to be active for life,” she said.

“The positive movement and play experiences tamariki have during their early childhood years will go a long way to ensuring this happens.”

All children received a certificate to take home in recognition of their efforts.

Koka Tarn, from More4Kids Early Childcare Centre, said the children from their centre had a great time at the event.

“It was a fantastic day to see all the energy and smiling faces. We couldn’t believe the skills shown as they manoeuvred their bodies through each of the different apparatus’.”

Gisborne Gym coaches Nicola Ludwig and Chris McKay, as well as the team of student volunteers from Gisborne Girls’ High School, helped run the event.

Ms McLeod said the support from volunteers was essential to offering an event of such quality.

Now in its second year, the Tairawhiti Early Childhood Gymnastics festival yesterday was “a hive of activity and excitement,” said Sport Gisborne Tairawhiti Active Mokopuna co-ordinator Monique McLeod.

There were 123 children from 10 early childhood centres across the district who attended the event at Gisborne Gym Club at the Electrinet Sports Centre.

The environment was set up to provide maximum fun and challenge to children.

“We used gymnastics equipment to create a giant playground, with a range of obstacles that challenged tamariki to jump, roll, climb, swing, bounce, swing, balance and throw.

“Learning these skills is essential to creating kids who are motivated and confident to be active for life,” she said.

“The positive movement and play experiences tamariki have during their early childhood years will go a long way to ensuring this happens.”

All children received a certificate to take home in recognition of their efforts.

Koka Tarn, from More4Kids Early Childcare Centre, said the children from their centre had a great time at the event.

“It was a fantastic day to see all the energy and smiling faces. We couldn’t believe the skills shown as they manoeuvred their bodies through each of the different apparatus’.”

Gisborne Gym coaches Nicola Ludwig and Chris McKay, as well as the team of student volunteers from Gisborne Girls’ High School, helped run the event.

Ms McLeod said the support from volunteers was essential to offering an event of such quality.

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