Classes

For current times of classes please see our timetable 

Mini Muscles - Under 5's

Age: classes from pre-rolling babies up to 5 (see timetable for more details)

Lead Coach: Rae Paterson (Gymnastics NZ coach for Junior Level)

Our Mini Muscles programme is set up for pre-schoolers to have fun, explore and be challenged. 

Mini Muscles is a fantastic program that enhances childrens’ coordination, confidence and rhythm through a variety of fun activities. During our Mini Muscles sessions the gym is transformed into a preschool playground with lots of challenging circuits, set-up to encourage children to explore the following fundamental movement patterns:

  • LANDINGS:Practising safe landing techniques,enhances childrens' confidence jumping from equipment
  • SPRING  Children have lots of opportunities to develop spring using our long tumble track trampoline, beatboards, mini trampolines and rebounders.
  • SWING Children develop confidence swinging, using small handles suspended under the bars, and big rope swings as well as using the uneven bars to learning correct shapes whilst practising mini tap swings.
  • LOCOMOTION Playgym is all about exploring movement patterns, we have lots of fun obstacle courses set up for children to spring over, crawl through and under and plenty of beams to challenge their balance. Our group activities at the start of each session provide lots of opportunities to run, jump, hop and dance 
  • COORDINATION SKILLS We always have an coordination station with small hand apparatus to practise bouncing, throwing, striking  and catching skills to develop visual tracking, hand-eye and foot-eye co-ordination. 

Mini Muscles sessions are semi-structured, creating movement challenges for participants to explore. Mini Muscles is based on the belief that 'movement and learning together are fun' and that play should provide for spontaneous free activity. Parents are involved throughout the session, supervising their own child on the gym floor, which is a great opportunity to play, engage and have lots of FUN exploring gymnastics with your child. 

Beginner Programme GFA (Gym For All) – Kiwi Gym Fun (Badges)

Age: 5-9 years for boys and girls
Level: KGF Badge 1-6 

Lead Coach: Isla Gellately and Zelda Boyd (Gymnastics NZ Foundation Coaches)

Suited to children who enjoy taking direction and instruction, developing new skills with an award system.

Kiwi Gym Fun is an award system based on developing and mastering 12 skills which increase in difficulty over 6 levels, once each level is achieved, gymnasts receive a certificate and cloth badge.

These classes are designed for girls and boys aged 5-9yrs to learn to safely execute and develop gymnastic skills. They are fun, challenging and help develop physical skills and confidence that can be transferred to any sport. The program is focused around the seven fundamental movement patterns:

SPRING (1-2 feet take-off technique for springing off beat-boards/Jumps along Tumble Track Trampoline)

LANDINGS (Off boxes, vault, beams tumble track and mini trampoline)

SWING (On the Bars)

ROTATION (Forward/Backward Rolls/Cartwheels)

LOCOMOTION (Jumping/Skipping/Chasses/Running/Hurdle Steps)

STATICS (Front/Rear Support Holds/Handstands)

MANIPULATIVE SKILLS (Hand-Eye Coordination): Using the Rope/Ball and Hoop 

Class Structure

These classes begin with a combined group game/warm up, stretch and conditioning sequence.

Children are then split into groups based on the KGF level they are currently working on and rotate around 3-4 apparatus stations per session. Apparatus stations include Vault (and Tumble, Track, Trampoline), Bar (and Rings), Beam, Floor & Ball, Hoop, Rope to develop hand-eye coordination.

Throughout the term children work through their KGF level. Most beginner young gymnasts start at level one and then each term, progressively work through to level six. Once they have achieved a level they receive a badge. The higher the level the more challenging the skills/routines become sometimes it can take a couple of terms for gymnasts to master skills before they can move on to the next level. For children who have completed level 6 or aged out of this class there are other classes available (see below).

Beginner Programme GFA (Gym For All) - Freestyle

Age: 5-9 years for boys and girls
Level: GFA Freestyle - no award system

Lead Coach: TBC

Suited to children who enjoy developing movement and exploring new moves and ideas without being too competitive.

This class is similar to the above class but does not work towards badges. There is less focus on meeting the specific skills required to attain badges and more emphasis on developing skills according to the interests of the children. Classes may vary from week to week and include the use of all equipment in the gym.

Beginner Programme GFA (Gym For All) - Jumping Ninja

Age: 5-9 years for boys and girls
Level: GFA Gym Ninja - no award system

Lead Coach: Rae Paterson (Gymnastics NZ coach for Junior Level)

Suited to energetic children who are always on the move. Those with a competitive nature, who like physical challenges, will enjoy this fast-paced style.  Children develop moves to perform on obstacle courses and compete against themselves and others on timed circuits. There is also a focus on a variety of gymnastsics moves including Ariels, Acrobatics,Tumbling and using the mini tramps. Develop strength, coordination and confidence while having a whole heap of fun! We encourage creativity, problem-solving and challenging moves. 

Rhythmic Gymnastics - at Wanaka Primary School Hall

Age: Intermediate age 8-11 at Wanaka Primary
Level: GFA  

Lead Coach: Kath Nicholson

Rhythmic Gymnastics is a sport that develops confidence, co-ordination, flexibility, dance and healthy bodies and minds. Rhythmic Gymnastics is also lots of fun!! We use hand apparatus, rope, hoop, ball, clubs and ribbon to perform routines with music. This is perfect for girls or boys who would love to combine dance and gymnastics while learning important fundamental movement. 

Beginners Gym - at Hawea Flat Hall

Age: 5-7 for boys and girls 

Level: GFA

Lead Coach: Kim Coll (former NZ Allstar Cheerleader, trained in Level 1&2 Coaching and Gymnastics NZ Foundation Coach)

These classes are designed for girls and boys aged 5-7yrs to learn to safely execute and develop basic gymnastic skills. They are fun, challenging and help develop physical skills and confidence that can be transferred to any sport. 

Team Gym - at Hawea Flat Hall

Age: 8-12 years for girls and boys 
Level: GFA  

Lead Coach: Kim Coll (former NZ Allstar Cheerleader, trained in Level 1&2 Coaching and Gymnastics NZ Foundation Coach)

This class is for athletes who want to put their love of gymnastics and dance into a fun team routine! Great for the social child who likes to work as a group, but also great to develop that confidence and for children to make new friends. We start with a warm up/game, gentle stretching, followed by jumps, routine work, stunts (acrobatic formations) and tumbling. There is a position for everyone in team gym, and no experience is necessary. 

Girls GFA 

Age:  8-11 (mixed class)
Level: GFA  

Lead Coach: TBC

This class is designed for girls 8-11 to learn to safely execute and develop gymnastic skills. It is designed to be fun, challenging and to help develop physical skills and confidence that can be transferred to any sport. It is open to all abilities and no previous experience is required. A wide range of gymnastic equipment is used and may include the double mini tramp, tumble track and aerial equipment. Girls work towards handstands, walkovers, bar and beam skills and tumbling. 

Boys GFA 

Click the link to see this class in action Boys Gymnastics Video

Age:  8-11 (mixed class)
Level: GFA  

Lead Coach: TBC

This class is designed for boys 8-11 to learn to safely execute and develop gymnastic skills including parkour moves. It is designed to be fun, challenging and to help develop physical skills and confidence that can be transferred to any sport. It is open to all abilities and no previous experience is required. A wide range of gymnastic equipment is used and may include the double mini tramp, tumble track and aerial equipment. Boys work on freestyle/parkour/ninja type skills including running, jumping, landing, swinging and flipping movements. 

Youth GFA 

Age:  11-13 (mixed class)TBC
Level: GFA  

Lead Coach: TBC

This class is designed for girls and boys age 11-13 to learn to safely execute and develop gymnastic skills. It is designed to be fun, challenging and to help develop physical skills and confidence that can be transferred to any sport. It is open to all abilities and no previous experience is required. A wide range of gymnastic equipment is used and may include the double mini tramp, tumble track and aerial equipment.

Teens GFA

Age:  12+ (mixed class)
Level: GFA  

Lead Coach: TBC

This class is designed for girls and boys age 12+ to learn to safely execute and develop gymnastic skills. It is designed to be fun, challenging and to help develop physical skills and confidence that can be transferred to any sport. It is open to all abilities and no previous experience is required. A wide range of gymnastic equipment is used and may include the double mini tramp, tumble track and aerial equipment.

Adults GFA

Age:  18+ (mixed class)
Level: GFA  

Lead Coach: Rae Paterson (Gymnastics NZ coach for Junior Level ) 

Perfect for ex-gymnasts, parkour/free runners, skiers, snowboarders, dancers and those who just like to keep fit.

A Coach is present and can assist with the following:

  • A Group warm-up & active stretches
  • Conditioning to develop upper body, core and lower body strength.
  • Jump training to increase speed and power.
  • Handstand/Body tension work which prepares the upper body for weight-bearing and seriously strengthens at the same time.
  • Safe skill progressions for learning a variety of gymnastic/parkour and tumbling skills.

You are welcome to come along & participate in these classes on a casual basis. 

Clothing: Please ensure you wear appropriate clothing that allows free movement. During winter months the gym can be cold so lots of layers are recommended.

NO Denim or clothing with buckles/clasps/zips/buttons that could get caught on or scratch the equipment.

Regional Competitive or Perform

Age:  7 years to teens for girls
Level: GFA Competitive Iron, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Elite

Lead Coach: TBC

This program has been around for a while now and has been used by a number of clubs and provinces throughout New Zealand. It provides an opportunity for gymnasts who enjoy competing and performing routines for interclub and regional competitions.The entry level into this programme is iron, then it works its way through, bronze, silver, gold and elite.

This class is best suited for gymnasts who wish to experience the challenges and excitement that competitions provide without the intensity of training that the national competition structure (WAG STEPS programme) requires. Gymnasts need to be able to train 2 (iron and bronze) to 4 hours (silver, gold, elite) per week to achieve competition skills and routines. Gymnasts are invited to enter this programme by the coach of their GFA kiwi gym fun class, intermediate girls class and or from the WAG STEPS class or can be assessed for the class if new to the club. Once invited, interested gymnasts need to book in using our online system.

High school aged gymnasts can also compete for their school at the NZ Secondary School gymnastics Competition using the requirements from this programme. This is held once a year in Auckland normally around 9th/10th September but our club does not currently participate in this competition.

Expectations & Requirements 

A MINIMUM OF 1 CLASS PER WEEK  for Iron and Bronze and IDEALLY 2 for Silver, Gold, Elite 

  • 2 hours on Fridays for Iron/Bronze levels - may also be invited to train in Mon or Wed class if transitioning to Silver
  • 2 hours on both Monday and Wednesdays for Silver/Gold/Elite

CONDITIONING SKILLS

  • All gymnasts are expected to participate with full effort in exercises, to improve overall strength and core stability during class time

MINIMUM OF 2 COMPETITIONS A YEAR - NO EXCEPTIONS

  • If gymnasts are not prepared to compete in 2 competitions, we advise joining the GFA Girls or Youth or Teen class.
  • Regional Competitive will have their own competition calendar of competitions within our club or other local clubs (Alexandra, Cromwell) plus the opportunity for regional competitions in Dunedin or Invercargill if numbers permit.

HAIR AND JEWELLERY

  • All gymnasts must have their hair tied up off their face during training and long ponytails must be doubled over. The only earrings allowed are studs and absolutely no other jewellery is permitted. No watches, bracelets (unless for medical purposes) necklaces or long fingernails.

UNIFORM

  • Iron/Bronze - Leotards are not compulsory for gymnasts competing in local competitions. Bike shorts and fitted top or any leotard (short sleeved, long sleeved, sleeveless or club leotard) is acceptable. If competing in Dunedin or Invercargill it is compulsory to wear a club leotard. These can be bought off our 2nd hand rack at the club or ordered new through admin.
  • Silver/Gold - Club leotards are compulsory in all competitions. These can be ordered new, through admin or bought 2nd hand off our leotard rack, please see photos of samples on the  wall above the leotard rack .
  • Elite - Own choice of leotard plus gymnasts have the option of wearing bike pants over leotard
  • For all levels: the club has long-sleeved black t-shirts for hire or purchase, which can be worn with the gymnasts own 3/4 black leggings

TRAVEL

  • If competing out of town, sometimes accommodation and car sharing is required. Parents do not have to accompany their child but parents do need to arrange accommodation and ride sharing amongst themselves, we can assist with contact details if necessary. 

ADDITIONAL FEES

  • There is a fee to enter every competition which can vary from $30-$50 this is over and above your gymnastic term fees. Travel and accommodation fees may also apply. Clubs do not provide refunds for non attendance at competitions unless a medical certificate is provided.

BEST BEHAVIOUR

  • Gymnasts are expected to work and communicate, in a friendly, diligent manner. Speak with their teammates and coaches in a respectful and supportive way, while enjoying the rewards and benefits of their gymnastic class. Unkind words or behaviour, towards others, will not be tolerated in this class, parents will be contacted and gymnasts will be removed from this class if they breach these guidelines.

CONCERNS AND QUERIES

  • Any questions, concerns and queries on the structure and requirements of the class, should be addressed to the class coach or the Head Caoch Rae: raehp@yahoo.com