Today was a HUGE day for Carterton Gymnastic Club as our brand new kit was delivered on site at The Vault.
The timing was perfect, having found out last night that we would be able to open on the 12th April and welcome all our gymnasts, both existing and new, to this wonderful place.
It has taken 3 years of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, and an amazing team of volunteers to get to this point and we are so excited about what the future holds for the club and The Vault.
We have a very busy last few weeks to get everything ready but can't wait to get those doors open. See you then!
It’s been all hands-on deck, and the walls are flying up!
January 18th 2021
Debra and a team of volunteer builders and labourers have worked incredibly hard for the last couple of weekends creating our toilets, office spaces and kitchen. All the internal walls should be completed next weekend and then it is time for the ceilings to go on!
It is incredible to finally see the dream taking shape, and we are very grateful for the hard work and dedication of our volunteers. This is going to be such a fabulous space to train and socialise in and we can’t wait to see it full of gymnasts and members of the local community.
Want to get involved? Email us or give us a ring. We also still need help with finances for, or donations of, office and IT equipment, kitchen equipment, a mobile lifting hoist to assist disabled participants and a folding electric changing table.
Book your gymnastics class now! Places are filling up fast
January 4th 2021
Work is progressing well in The Vault and we would like to say a big thank you to the amazing volunteers who have given up their time at weekends and over the holiday to come and paint walls in gym two. It is looking wonderful.
The electricians and plumbers are back in today working hard to fit lights and run pipework, and the toilet and office walls have been set out ready for building.
We have now opened up our booking system to the general public and places are filling up fast. If you haven't yet booked your place, please book now to avoid disappointment.
It really is such a great club to be a part of with so many people offering time and skills to help us achieve this wonderful facility for the community. We still have lots to do though, so if you can offer time, materials or construction skills please let us know. Thank you to all the Carterton Gymnastic Club members who have put their hearts and souls into this and deserve the very best facility to train in.
Major progress with the build! Lighting and heating on and the raised platform is being built.
February 15th 2021
We are so excited to announce that we now have heating, lighting, hot and cold running water and toilets in The Vault! The ceilings are on in the offices, kitchen and toilets and most of the walls are now painted.
Our amazing team of volunteers spent another long weekend working in The Vault, cleaning, painting and building. Huge progress was made building the raised platform for the main gym and underneath it hides a secret treasure trove of artwork, poems, pictures and quotes from our wonderful gymnasts - a snapshot of our club as we evolve.
We have been updating our supporter's page on the website, and it is a real testament to the support and generosity of the individuals and companies that have pitched in to make this amazing project a reality. We are so very grateful to you all - thank you.
Head Coach Debra honoured with a British Empire Medal in 2021 Queens New Years Honours
January 1st 2021
What a couple of years it has been for our remarkable Head Coach and Director, Debra Courtenay-Crane, culminating in the great honour of receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM), for services to gymnastics, in this years Queens New Years Honours list.
This comes not long after receiving the BBC Sports Personality Unsung Hero award for the South in December 2019, as well as the British Gymnastics Pat English Lifetime Achievement Trophy.
Debra has dedicated over 30 years of her life to gymnastics and Carterton Gymnastic Club and as we near the completion of work on our new home, The Vault, she looks set to realise her lifetime ambition to create and run a dedicated gymnastics and sports facility for the whole community.
It is so wonderful to see her decades of hard work being recognised, and we couldn't be prouder of her.