22 Apr 2018
Sydney Olympic Park’s Gymnastics Club Coach Kate Peninton took out the top award for the 2017 Gymnastics NSW Kindergym Coach of the Year at the 2017 Gymnastics NSW Awards.
The Sydney Olympic Park Gymnastics Club shone further with Sports Acrobatics Coach Morgan Jansson receiving a 5 year service award, the club awarded the elusive 1000+ members’ award and club gymnasts Jack Hall, Prashanth Sellathurai and Rory Peters recognised for representing Australia at international competitions.
Kindergym coach of the year Kate Peninton has dedicated herself to the development of Kindergym with the program growing from 9 to 15 classes each term over the past 12-months.
The class teaches mini gymnasts, aged 18 months to 5 years, movement skills and overall coordination in a fun and exciting environment. Kate has witnessed success in theming each week’s classes with the children eager to dress up or bring something from home.
Kate’s approach to managing Kindergym is to provide a safe and caring environment, encouraging parents to be supportive of their child’s development, allowing children to progress in their own time. Kate also supports the parents by coaching them on how to encourage a child in their gymnastics environment without pushing a child before they are ready to face new challenges.
The Sydney Olympic Park Kindergym program also works with young children to help them develop or recover through physical play, with Kate programming classes in consultation with occupational and physiotherapists.
Sydney Olympic Park provides gymnastics at the Quaycentre in an incredible gymnastics space offering acrobatics, competitive gymnastics, Kindergym and general recreational programs from as young as 18-months up to adults.