By Justin Sayson
Just 10 months ago the Maroochy Beach Gymnastics Club was a burnt steel skeleton.
Now, fresh off hosting the Scottish Commonwealth Games Gymnastic team in their new $2.5 million gym, president Peter Dwan said it was “rewarding” considering what the club has been through.
“It was just amazing to see, to have international athletes in our venue,” he said.
“A lot of super excited gymnasts, including parents.”
While the athletes were “understandably” closed off from the majority of the public, an opportunity for some of the gymnasts last Sunday was an exciting moment for many.
“The kids were just beside themselves,” he said.
Scottish team mates Frank Baines and Daniel Purvis, who won Silver in the Team event in the 2014 Glasgow Games were a highlight.
Mr Dwan said it was a good “dry run” for the facility and that the Scottish athletes were “over the moon” at using the new facilities.
The gym was rebuilt on the same location on Wises Road after it was destroyed in a blaze last May.
During the rebuild it’s 800 athletes were moved to Kunda Park.
With only a few pits and some seating left to install, Mr Dwan said he wants to have that “grand stand” feel at the venue.
Mr Dwan said he hopes to welcome all athletes back to the new gym by Term 2.
Not just satisfied with hosting elite international athletes, Mr Dwan has dreams to host an international competition in the future.
“Let’s bring some competition to the Coast, from a tourist destination we’re all set up,” he said.
“We already send athletes to Singapore, why can’t we have these national style events?”
A domestic competition in October or November is one of “little steps” the club needs to take to get to that and level of an international competition.
For now Mr Dwan said they’re planning a few open days in the near future to attract more people to join the club.
He said that gymnastics can also serve as a fantastic pathway into other sports.
“We say begin here, go anywhere.”