Win for local gym Jamie Furness 2021-08-01 1 min read The Aerial Gymnastics and Cheer center in Browns Plains completed the expansion of their gymnasium in June this year. After making do in a smaller gym since 2006, Aerial purchased a second unit next door which allowed them to double in size while remaining at their existing location. Aerial Gymnastics president Kym Grieve said it was a win for women’s sports. “Because there’s not a lot of funding available for female sports, it’s been very, very difficult to try to expand,” Kym said. “It’s something we’ve wanted to do for so long.” The center went from having just three lanes to a whole unit of sprung floor, as well as a second unit with other gymnastics apparatus. “We’ve basically doubled our capacity for participants,” Kym said. Aerial offers classes for toddlers at 18 months old through to classes for up to 50-year-olds, with 150 enrollments this year. Their team of eight dedicated coaches run programs in gymnastics, tumbling, level 1-7 competitive gymnastics and recreational gymnastics as a more affordable option. Cheerleading and hip-hop is offered to boys and girls of all abilities, including a special abilities cheer team. Kym, who has run the gym for the past 15 years, said Aerial was proud to be a family-orientated club with many of their current coaches having grown up training in the gym. Gymnastics and cheer classes are a great way for people to develop foundational physical skills, self-esteem, and confidence. “If you start in gymnastics and get that basic balance of flexibility and strength, you can progress anywhere,” Kym said. Aerial Gymnastics offers free trials to students for all of their classes. They also accept QLD Government “Fair Play” cards towards class fees and registration. “We try to keep our fees as low as possible, so everyone has the chance to participate,” Kym said. Aerial Gymnastics is hosting a competition from the 4th and 5th September and would gladly welcome any sponsorship for the event. See https://www.facebook.com/AerialGymnasticsandCheer/ for more information.