An amazing night of acknowledgment and recognition at the Gymnastics Victoria (GV) awards night – written by David Hill, Director of Eclipse Gymnastics.
It was a privilege to be nominated at the GV awards night for the 2016 Large club (1101+ members) of the Year. In the spirit of an outstanding GV Awards night, I would like to acknowledge and recognise people that have profoundly influenced Eclipse Gymnastics. As many of you know, Eclipse Gymnastics celebrates its 25th birthday this year and we would not have achieved the success we have over those 25 years, and to be considered for awards like the 2016 Large club of the Year, without the amazing contribution and dedication of our wonderful team of staff. One of our awesome staff members is Tori Harris. Tori is one of the best athletes we have ever had the privilege to coach, and has chosen this wonderful sport as a career. We have had the honour of training her and watching her, along with many other amazing people in our organisation, develop into some of the best coaches we have ever worked with. My wife and I consider these people to be more like family than staff members. And we wholeheartedly feel the same way about so many of the gymnasts and parents that have come through our doors over 25 rewarding years. I am sure many clubs in Victoria could say the same thing about many of their staff members, coaches, judges, volunteers, gymnasts and parents.
We would also like to acknowledge and commend GV for another tremendous awards night as it recognised the incredible gymnastics community which it serves. I am sure many who attended this years awards night would agree that it was the best yet. The highlight, I think, was the impressively confident and engaging job done by first time, Master of Ceremonies and GV Senior Manager, Alison Lyons. GV has become a leader and role model in setting the standard for State sporting organisations across Australia. Their amazing team of staff lead by passionate CEO Jamie Parsons, and guided by the prudent and meticulous GV Board of management, have redefined excellence in customer service and have enabled the sport in Victoria to achieve unprecedented success by supporting and empowering the inspiring community of Gymnastics clubs and businesses.
It is an extraordinary privilege being able to run a business in Gymnastics and work with the amazing people that this incredible Gymnastics industry attracts. My wife and fellow director, Alison, and I, have been lucky enough to work in Gymnastics for some 30 years and it has truly become an industry.
We would like to this opportunity to thank some of the current and former members of the Gymnastics community in Victoria who have provided such great examples of respect, continuous improvement, integrity, contribution, excellence and dedication, all values which we hold very dear, for us to emulate. People like Fiona Bird (Former head coach of the VIS Women’s Gymnastics program), Michelle DeHighden (Former coach with the VIS Women’s Gymnastics program and former head coach of MLC Gymnastics), John & Annette Dorrington (Directors of PIT Gymnastics), Ross Bouskill (Director of Jets Gymnastics), Brad Spunner (Former head coach of Maffra Gymnastics), Tanya Johansen (Director of Waverley Gymnastics), Jackie Caldwell (Head coach at MLC Gymnastics), Nedal Alyousef (Director of Dolphin Gymnastics), Barb Watts (Long time FIG/Advanced level judge), Sue Cowdell (Victorian Judging Co-ordinator & Advanced level judge), Helen Chamberlain (Long time FIG/International level judge), Sally Young (High performance level coach), Gordon Draper (Former GV Board member and Women’s Technical Committee Director), Jamie Parsons (GV CEO), Michael O’Neill (Chairman GV Board), just to name a few of the wonderful people that are friends and mentors to us as we have travelled this remarkable journey. Thank you.