New local gymnastics facility


The new Advantage Gym Sports (AGS) gymnasium has recently opened to the community on Turner St in Fishermans Bend. Directly servicing inner-city communities of Port Phillip, as well as Southbank, Docklands and the CBD, AGS offers a range of gymnastics classes and activities for all ages and abilities, with a special focus on aerobics. The gym is well equipped with excellent apparatus for aerobic and performance gymnastics. In particular the “Gymnova” flooring has attracted expert coaches who are able to provide international-standard exercise and training to AGS members. While having only opened in October last year, AGS director Kristie Loidl said some of its members had already represented Australia in world championships in Portugal and a national championships in the USA. It was also awarded the Aerobics Gymnastics Best Performance Club at the Australian National Clubs and won the small group gold medal at the Victorian Gymnastics Fusion Competition. Providing opportunities for gymnasts to train in quality programs with great coaches, such as elite coach and former international champion from New Zealand Angela McMillan, Kristie said Fishermans Bend provided the ideal location for its new facility. “In terms of aerobic gymnastics there is no one in this area so we thought we’d populate this area and make it a central location for aerobics,” she said. “On the aerobic gymnastics side, we have an elite coach who was a world champion and she is a fantastic coach in Angela McMillan. She’s a champion herself and now she’s coaching future champions. She has a high reputation in the aerobics community.” “We have members ranging in ages. We have a couple of adults and we have a few locals and others that come from a while away for our elite coaching. The response so far has been really positive.” AGS also offers fitness and friendship for individuals and small groups. Highly qualified coaches lead and supervise activities ranging from kinder gym to adult sessions to suit local workers. Offering both team gym and display gym programs, these are small group programs which are particularly attractive for developing all the physical and social benefits of gymnastics and provides a pathway for state and national competition. Individuals and families keen to see and try the gym can do so at the next AGS open day from 12pm to 2.30pm on Saturday, April 13. Anyone interested in visiting or watching the Victorian and Australian champions train or having a stretch or bounce themselves can arrange a time with Kristie on 0413 577 583 or [email protected] Advantage Gym Sports is located at 3/200 Turner St, Port Melbourne.

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