Warwick Gymnastics gets Commonwealth Games equipment

WATCH: Club scores famous Commonwealth Games equipment

WARWICK'S gymnasts almost jumped out of their skin to discover the newest addition to their club was very same floor international athletes competed on in the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

The full-sized international floor, on loan from Gymnastics Queensland, will allow Warwick to host the largest number of gymnasts the club has ever seen.

In June, 382 competitors from around the state will converge on Warwick's leading facility and compete on the very same floor as international gymnasts.

Head coach Greg Ryan said holding a state sanctioned competition will a full-sized floor was a moment he'd been dreaming since he started coaching in Warwick.

"It's something we've really been working towards for the past 14 years," he said.

"It will make a huge difference to the gymnasts because they will know exactly what to expect when they go to other competitions."

 

FLOORING IT: Warwick gymnasts couldn't keep themselves off the Commonwealth Games competition floor that has just been installed at their clubhouse.
FLOORING IT: Warwick gymnasts couldn't keep themselves off the Commonwealth Games competition floor that has just been installed at their clubhouse. Marian Faa

Warwick Gymnastics Club president Coby Walker said local gymnasts were beside themselves with excitement.

"You couldn't keep them off it long enough to line up the tapes and assemble the floor... they are just so stoked they have got it there," he said.

The floor, complete with new springs, high-density interlocking foam and a pristine carpet top.

A world-class piece of equipment, the floor will give gymnasts an extra spring in their step and allow them to train at higher levels.

It also allows the club to host state-sanctioned competitions, drawing a greater number of gymnasts who will be able to qualify for state titles.

"Because of that floor and the fact we are now able to sanction the competitions, we have clubs coming to the region that have never been before," Mr Walker said.

A Men's Artistic Gymnastics competition this weekend and a Women's Artistic Gymnastics competition in June will draw some of the state's top gymnasts from Brisbane and Gold Coast.

Warwick will now be able to host competitions up to level 10, where it was previously limited to level 3 by the size of the smaller floor.

Men will have first try of the new floor this weekend in the Men's Artistic Gymnastics competition on Sunday, starting at 9:30am.


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