18 Mar 2020
The Sydney Olympic Park Gymnastics Club has taken home three wins at the 2019 Gymnastics NSW Awards held this month at Doltone House in Sydney.
Rising star 15-year-old Jose Caballero was recognised for his international achievements and was awarded Junior International Athlete of the Year in Men’s Gymnastics.
Sydney Olympic Park’s Kindergym Coach Kate Peninton took home her second Coach of the Year award in three years, highlighting her talent and dedication to supporting young gymnasts.
The club was one of five to win multiple awards on the night and was also recognised as one of eight clubs in NSW to have more than 1,000 members.
Jose Caballero was also acknowledged alongside 18-year-old gymnast, Jack Hall, for representing Australia at international events. Jose had strong performance across international competitions throughout last year. Having won the 2019 NSW State Championships, he placed second at the 2019 National Championships, and placed first on the pommel, arguably the hardest of all men’s apparatuses, at three international events.
Two-time Kindergym ‘Coach of the Year’ award-winner, Kate Peninton was elated by the accolade. She has coached gymnastics for 26 years, over the past seven years with the Sydney Olympic Park Gymnastics Club.
“I love being a gymnastics coach, I love to see the children I teach grow and learn,” said Peninton.
“I believe that gymnastics is the foundation of all sports. Students develop positive physical, social, psychological and cognitive skills through repeated fun and challenging circuits.”
“Our lessons also prepare kids for life as we include themes such as road safety, social skills on manners and waiting in lines for their go. Our parents really love how we weave them into our physical training routines.”
Sydney Olympic Park Gymnastics Club Coordinator and Head Coach, Amber Gander praised her team and the athletes for their successful results.
“It is a great achievement to the gymnasts, coaches and club in general that we can raise such amazing gymnasts to represent Australia overseas and also that our coaches are teaching gymnasts at such a great level to be awarded Coach of the Year. It is our gymnasts, their families and our amazing staff that makes us such a formidable club,” Gander said.
Sydney Olympic Park Gymnastics Club operates classes from 12-months of age through to adult years for all ability levels. The club trains at the Quaycentre in Sydney Olympic Park.
The Gymnastics Club is temporarily cancelled due to preventative measures in relation to COVID-19.