INCLUSION

At Ballarat Gymsports we are always looking for ways to involve everyone in some form of activity, this is why we are proud in continuing to be a Gymnastics Victoria Inclusive Leader Club.

Gymsports coaches work alongside specialists within the disability carer sector and continue to receive specialist training through industry specific workshops, the team are always looking for the next challenge to arrive, with a smile of course.

During 2016 our ‘Fuzzy Gym” program was a finalist in the 2016 Gymnastics Victoria Inclusive Initiative of the Year, plus in 2017 our participants and coaches featured in the Inclusive series video about Visually Impaired gymnasts.

During 2019, Ballarat Gymsports achieved even higher milestones by becoming the Special Olympics Ballarat – Gymnastics program centre and are represented on the local SO committee assisting to guide other sports. We also received recognition from the Local Area Coordinator for the NDIS as a recognised Inclusive service provider to the community and greater Grampians area.

At Ballarat Gymsports we are honoured to work alongside some amazing organisations…

   

 

OUR PROGRAMS

STAR BOUND

Ballarat Gymsports has expanded it’s offerings and introduced a pathway for all participants within our inclusive programs being offered. Star Bound not only introduces new activities but also allow participants to go to the next level of participation by enabling them to compete in events under specially designed categories.

Star Bound aims to build strength and inner confidence to foster happy, empowered participants.

Through Start Bound activities… anything is possible!

Through Star Bound activities the participants develop emotional self-awareness, gain executive functioning skills and practice social communication.

Star Bound is… Therapeutic… Recreational… Social Play

Sessions are designed for children, teenagers and adults who may be living with Autism, Vision Impairment, an Intellectual Disability, Physical Disability or something else that prevents them from joining a main stream program.

Our class size is kept to a low ratio, so we do ask that participants book in to the session.

 

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FUZZY GYM

At Ballarat Gymsports we have the only gymnastics program that caters for  participants with a vision impairment. Fuzzy Gym allows participants with low vision to no vision at all the thrill of experiencing tumbling, bouncing, swinging and so much more.

Our program has been so successful that it has resulted in nominations for inclusive awards and being a major participant in Gymnastics Victoria’s Blind Sports promotional video.

Our class size is kept to a low ratio, so we do ask that participants book in to the session.

 

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SPECIAL OLYMPICS

Ballarat Gymsports is excited to be able to offer Gymnastics to those wishing to participate in the Special Olympics program of events here in Ballarat. Staff have been specially selected and trained to understand the differing needs of athletes wishing to compete at local, state and national levels.

Classes are conducted the first and third Sunday of each month.

Our class size is kept to a low ratio, so we do ask that participants book in to the session.

 

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FITTER FOR LIFE

The Fitter for Life program is a fun and social opportunity that aims to help improve in the over 50’s age bracket… mobility, strength and coordination; the activities in the program can be catered and tailored to your varying levels of ability or mobility.

The skills developed in the Fitter for Life program are used for common activities, such as:

– Walking up and down a flight of stairs;
– Hanging out the washing;
– Bending down or reaching up into cupboards; and
– Playing with grandchildren.

The Fitter for Life program is running across various states in Australia and supported here at Ballarat Gymsports by Gymnastics Victoria and is likely to suit the needs of those interested in:

– Becoming more physically active;
– Meeting new people in a local and social environment; or
– Improving your mobility in other sports and daily activities.

Several of Ballarat Gymsports coaches have attended specialised training workshops in order to introduce this program to the “older generation of movers” here in Ballarat.

The program here at Gymsports is casual based also making it easier for participants to fit in with their many other activities.

 

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