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West HQ Chief Executive Officer, Richard Errington, West HQ Chief Executive Officer, Richard Errington,

Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre celebrates a decade

THE Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre (SGAC) at WestHQ has celebrated its decade-long commitment to providing world-class health and fitness facilities in Sydney’s West.
Launched in 2013 with a bold vision of delivering the most extensive purpose-built development to Olympic requirements worldwide, the centre is now home to Gymnastics NSW, the Gymnastics NSW High-Performance Centre and a nationally renowned aquatic facility. 
West HQ Chief Executive Officer, Richard Errington, said the SGAC was one of the core initiatives undertaken by West HQ to create a destination hub in the heart of western Sydney. 
“To remain a relevant part of our members, our community and our region, we embarked on a program to align ourselves with the Olympic disciplines of gymnastics and swimming to promote and enable healthier lifestyles in the community and strengthen the social connection between people and the place they gather,” Mr Errington said.    
“Since we opened ten years ago, SGAC not only has been the training ground for so many greats, including Olympian Dominic Clarke, Commonwealth Games Silver Medallist Breanna Scott, World Champion Emma Nedov and World Cup Silver Medallist Kira Ward but has also provided fitness and skills training to many thousands in the community.” 
The SGAC is one of the largest purpose-built gymnastics facilities in the southern hemisphere, with Olympic-standard equipment and two 25-metre indoor heated swimming pools. 
“SGAC delivers a range of health, gymnastics, and aquatics programs for all in the community –young children to older adults, migrants who have never swum before and children with special needs. 
From our Lil Lifeguards program, which teaches children essential lifesaving skills, to our S.N.A.P Gymnastics program, a parent-assisted program designed to build developmental skills for children with special needs, all our programs have helped make a tangible difference in so many lives.” 
Today, the centre:
Provides swimming training to more than 3,400 students a week.
Has provided more than 7,500 students with community-funded swimming and water safety lessons.
Provides gymnastics and aquatics fitness sessions for more than 10,000 school students from 16 schools each year. 
Enjoys the status of being the 2022 Aquatic & Recreation Institute (ARI) Swim School of the Year and the Sylvia P Overall Gymnastics Club of the Year for 2022 by Gymnastics NSW. 
Delivers an elite training program, from teachers employed by SGAC, for 442 aspiring gymnasts each year with more than 30 athletes on an Elite High-Performance pathway.
Offers a special needs program (recently named SNAP Gymnastics) with many special needs children also participating in the mainstream classes 
Hosted over 22 yearly gymnastics events, supporting the local community (including local, state and national competitions).  


Michael Walls
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