Gymnastics Australia is the National Sporting Organisation for seven competitive gymnastics codes. You'll probably have seen some of these competitive codes if you watch the Olympic Games every four years. Most people get that, but not all people realise there are actually eight codes in GA’s family…
Gymnastics for All (GFA) is our first code. We put it first, in order of priority, because GFA the foundation of every one of our competitive codes. And that doesn’t even begin to explain how important this code is, not only to competitive gymnastics, but to all sport and physical activity, for all people, of all ages and all abilities! The guiding principles of GFA are 'The 4 Fs' - Fun, Friendship, Fitness and Fundamentals. We've brought all four Fs into LaunchPad and can't wait to share them with you and your kids!
You see, gymnastics is all about learning how to move your body – on the ground, in the air, and everything in between. With the Olympics in mind, we don’t think anyone would disagree that gymnastics at a high level can get pretty tricky, right? But, if you want to be a master of anything, you’ve got to start somewhere. And you'd have to agree, that being able to control your body in space is pretty much essential for any sport or physical activity... If you don’t have control of your body, we reckon it’d be fairly safe to assume that putting a ball or a bat into the mix, and then adding other people, is only going to complicate the situation further!
Now, don’t get us wrong! LaunchPad hasn't been created with the intention of developing future Olympic gymnasts. Sure, there may be a few kids doing LaunchPad programs who have the necessary skills, natural talent and determination to take the path to Olympic glory, but what about the future AFL rovers, the Diamond’s Goal Attacks or the future Wallabies players? How about the thousands of kids who may just want to lead a happy, healthy and active lifestyle as adults? It's really important that all children learn how to manage their bodies and what better way to do it than through fun movement activities!
C'mon Australia, the time is now and it's time to move!