Late last year, the Christchurch School of Gymnastics gained the opportunity to purchase international grade equipment used at the 2016 Rio Olympics, at a reduced cost, something that has never been offered before in New Zealand. 

This provided a huge opportunity for the club to provide world class facilities to their athletes, including Courtney McGregor, who was our youngest competitor at Rio, and only one of three kiwi gymnasts to compete, being the first artistic gymnast to represent us at an Olympic games since the 2000 Sydney Summer Olympics. The Christchurch School of Gymnastics is also the Canterbury High Performance Centre & competition centre, so it is important that they have top quality equipment to foster the talent of gymnasts from across the neighbouring regions.

In particular, the school's sights were set on purchasing a Gymnova sprung floor and uneven bars to upgrade their older bars and the floor that was on loan to them from Gymsports New Zealand - however there was a considerable cost involved.

To meet some of this cost, the team applied for a grant with the New Zealand Racing Board.

The NZRB Gaming Team provides funding from their gaming operation to grassroots community sporting organisations, through their sports authorised purposes grants, having made nearly $3,000,000.00 in grants in the last financial year.

The club were approved for $10,000.00 of funding, and along with other funding they received, ordered their equipment, which arrived recently. They kindly sent us some photos of them setting it up, which you can view below.

 

Above: Unloading the container

Above: Olympian Courtney McGregor (far right) helping unload the container.

Above: Stacks of the sprung floor pile up, ready for placement.

Above: The jigsaw of the floor being put together by gym members.

Above: Gym members dragging the carpet topper into place.

Above: Putting the topping down on the sprung floor.

Above: The floor all done and ready for action.