COMPETITION RESULTS To view competition results go to the Gymnastics Queensland website.
WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO ATTEND & WHAT ARE THE REQUIREMENTS?
Apart from normal weekly lessons both the Recreational &
Competitive Academy programs have a yearly program of competitions
& events. For Recreational
Program students, participation in competitive events is “optional”.
Each year a Calendar of Events is provided for all families.
If your child is eligible & ready to participate in a
competition, an entry form will be sent to your child approximately 8
weeks prior to the competition to inform parents of all the
particulars. All Competitions have a “closing date” for entries to be
received at our office. This is generally 3 –
5 weeks prior to the competition date. To be eligible to attend entries
must be forwarded to our office by the closing date. Late entries
CANNOT be accepted.
Gymnast’s participating in competitions are expected to be attired
in the Compulsory Academy Uniform for their level. This information is
provided to registered students in the Annual Amendments booklet or on the Academy
Noticeboard. If you are unsure of what the compulsory uniform is for
your child please check this with the office staff. The Academy office
only holds a small stock of some of the uniform items so if your child
needs a uniform please order these 6 to 8 weeks prior to the event.
On the day of the competition it is important the
gymnasts are well presented. Hair should be neatly done with ribbons or
scrunchies for the girls in the
Academy colours (Navy, Aqua & White). Some girl’s competitions
require different coloured ribbons and you will be notified if this is
the case. It is also recommended
that gymnast’s bring their gym bag with a small bottle of water (no
juice, cordial or sports drinks are allowed in the gym). Warm clothing
(tracksuit) is also required in
the cooler months.
A Calender of Events is also
provided at the beginning of the year or when your child becomes a
registered student. See below for PDF download of the calenders.
COMPETITIONSThe Academy conducts 2 Competitions for students each year:-
This competition is conducted once per year for gymnasts in our school age programs.
The 'MINI OLYMPICS' format is a similar structure
to the school "house" structure for sports carnivals. All gymnasts in
each session will be placed into a team/colour (4 teams only). Points
will be allocated for Team Apparatus placing’s (1st to 4th) and overall
placing’s (1st to 4th). These points will be added to the overall
points for the team/colour for the entire weekend. The team/colour with
the most points at the end of the last session of the weekend will be
awarded the title of the overall Mini Olympic Champions for the year
and will be awarded the Perpetual Cup Trophy.
Awards are presented for Team 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th on each apparatus & 1st Overall Team in each session.
For the WAG Gym Fun and Gym Skills program and the MAG Gym Skills program this competition may also be
an opportunity to Level test at the coach’s discretion.
- ANNUAL ACADEMY CHAMPIONSHIPS
There are two Academy Championship competitions conducted each year –
one for our Teams program and one for our Recreational Program. Gymnasts
from our Gym Fun program to our highest level are eligible to participate once a year.
The competition is an "Individual Event" where we
present our Academy WAG & MAG Champion Awards across the various
levels. Awards are presented for individual placing's on each apparatus
& overall in various age and level division. Most Improved awards
are also presented & all entrants receive a participant medal.
For the WAG Gym Fun and Gym Skills program and the MAG Gym Skills
program this competition may also be an opportunity to Level test at
the coach’s discretion.
- INVITATIONAL COMPETITIONS
Various Affiliated Clubs in the Brisbane, Gold & Sunshine Coast
& Darling Downs areas offer Invitational competitions throughout
the year. Both Team & Individual competitions are conducted.
Team Program gymnast's eligible for these competitions are advised by their coach.
- REGIONAL, STATE & NATIONAL COMPETITIONS
These events are conducted by Gymnastics Queensland (GQ) &
Gymnastics Australia (GA). For further information on these events
please go to the GQ or GA website. A link to these sites can be found
in our CONTACTS & LINKS. Team Program gymnast's eligible for these competitions are advised by their coach.
WHY DO WE CONDUCT GYMNASTICS COMPETITIONS AT THE ACADEMY?
In house Academy competitions are pencilled into
our year to add variety, excitement, & to give the gymnast's the
opportunity to "show off" their skills to their families & friends.
Competitions are displays - Gymnastics is a sport and like all sports
some form of event is condeucted to display the activities.
Competitions serve many purposes in our program.
Sometimes participants win and sometimes they don't, but that's life
and something all children need to experience, to assist them in life's
journey. Competitions are healthy if the right approach is taken by all
concerned and competitions are views as "fun".
- It allows us to set goals in a time period
- A group can work together toward achieving something together
- The gymnasts can show off their new skills
- It provides an opportunity for personal development as the participants perform their routines to an audience.
- It is an opportunity to test for your level
badge at the coaches' discretion or improve the quality of the level
your child is currently at.
WHAT HAPPENS AT A COMPETITION?
A lot of effort & preparation goes into organising the Academy
for a competition. Generally several competition sessions are conducted
over an entire weekend. The trampolines and high beam areas are cleared
to provide a seating area for the audience. The upstairs area is also
cleared out and seating is hired for this area as well.
A canteen operates for the entire weekend of competition as a
fundraiser run by our valued volunteers. Assistance is also required to
set up the gym & pack away at the end and also for jobs during the
competition. Without the support of our valued volunteers we would
simply not be able to run these events.
OTHER ACADEMY ANNUAL EVENTS
- SAFETY AWARENESS & FIRE DRILL WEEK.
Lawnton Academy is committed to ensuring that all reasonable steps
are taken to maintain the safety & welfare of all students, coaches
& visitors. In demonstrating our duty of care we conduct one Safety
Awareness Week & two fire drills per year.
During this Safety Week the coaches revise the Academy Safety
Rules, discuss “Safe-Active-Kids” strategies, revise the Gymnast's Code
of Conduct and also involve the children in Landing & Falling
safety drill activities.
Random fire drills are also conducted throughout the year. On the
sounding of the Fire Whistle all persons on the premises at the time
must evacuate to our designation marshalling area (the side car-park).
Presentation weeks are conducted for the majority of the Academy
programs. Parents are invited to bring their camera for the last 5
minutes of class in this week as incentive awards are presented to the
gymnasts at the end of their class. Dates are provided on your child's
Calendar of Events.
- LAWNTON ACADEMY - NIGHT OF EXCELLENCE
This event is conducted each year for our Team's Program students.
The purpose of the event is to present our Annual awards and to
recognise our valued volunteers. It generally occurs at the end of the
- TEAMS PARENT / COACH - MEETING WEEK
In March/April of each year our Coaching staff conducts parent
coach meetings for our Team Gymnasts. The purpose of these meetings is
to meet with the parents to discuss what we have on the agenda for
their child for the coming year.
- PLANNING WEEK FOR NEW YEAR CLASSES
In October of each year we conduct a planning week with the
focus being on organising our program for the forthcoming year. Parents
are provided with an opportunity to organise a meeting with their coach
to discuss the coach’s plans for their child for the coming year.
Re-enrolment forms, class recommendations from the coach and general
information are also distributed during this week.
Tiny Twister Calendar
Girls Gym Fun Calendar
Girls Gym Skills Calendar
WAG Teams Lime, Yellow and Pink Calendar
WAG Teams Violet Calendar
WAG Teams Calendar
MAG Gym Skills Calendar
MAG Gym Skills 4HR Per Week Calendar
MAG Teams Calendar
Gymnastics Queensland Calendar
Please note that the GQ Live Calendar is currently hosted on a Google Drive Document that combines Events and Education, defaulting to the Education calendar.