Local gymnastics coach heading to Tokyo Olympics

Local gymnastics coach heading to Tokyo Olympics

Local gymnastics coach Kym Dowdell is heading to Japan this month to take part in her ninth Olympic Games.

The Gladstone Gymnastics Club (GGC) TED (Technical/ Education/ Development) Manager will be a member of the Superior Technical Jury for the Women’s Artistic GymnasticCompetition and will oversee the judging on all apparatus at the Tokyo event.

“I am very excited that the games are proceeding, and that all the athletes will get the opportunity to perform,” Kym, who was the Competition Manager for Gymnastics for the2000 Sydney Olympics,said.

Kym, and her husband Peter, have been working with the team at Gladstone Gymnastics Club for the past 11 months, which has seen huge success for local gymnasts across all levels.

GCSS Business Manager Amy Dew said Kym’s extensive knowledge, experience and love for the sport of gymnastics makes her the perfect coach to mentor young gymnasts.

“Kym grew up as an athlete before moving into coaching, to running events, to being the CEO of Gymnastics Queensland and a member of the Federation of International GymnasticsCommittee judging at Olympic Games,” she said.

“She wants nothing but the best for our gymnasts, the club and the sport, and her eagerness to pass down her knowledge and experience is to be commended.

“She is a true ambassador for the sport of gymnastics and we’re so fortunate to have her as a part of our team.”

The Summer Olympics will take part in Tokyo, Japan from July 23 to August 8, and will be streamed in Australia on Channel 7.

The Gladstone Gymnastics Club has grown from humble beginnings, established in 1977 byAnna Turetschek with just 12 budding females, to the largest gymnastics club in CentralQueensland with over 700 members.

For more information visitwww.gladstonegymnastics.org.au.