First training camp at city's new facility

TRAINING: Sarah Hopkins, left, and Larrissa Miller, right, with gymnasts who took part in the high performance training.

TRAINING: Sarah Hopkins, left, and Larrissa Miller, right, with gymnasts who took part in the high performance training.

Gymnastics SA's high performance training has visited regional South Australia for the first time, coming to none other than the city's incredible new gymnastic facility at the aquatic and leisure centre.

The training sees a focus on strength and conditioning and is targeted at gymnasts at a young age.

Coaches Sarah Hopkins, a former Pirie gymnast, and Larrissa Miller said they were excited to bring the programme to Port Pirie.

"We thought this would be a fantastic opportunity," they said, of coming to the city's new facility.

The pair spoke glowingly of the local club, Port Pirie Regional Gymnastics Academy.

"From what we've seen, they're doing a fantastic job," they said.

"They're trying to be very competitive."

Local coach, Lee-ann Nayda, said it was the first training camp they've had in their new facility.

"It's fantastic for us and fantastic for Port Pirie," she said.

She said having the high performance training tied in with their goal of becoming an educational hub for regional areas and attracting other clubs to come to Port Pirie.

"We want to build a really strong regional core," Mrs Nayda said.

CLUB CLAIMS NINTH STRAIGHT CUP WIN

In other exciting news for the academy, the group returned home from the country championships with its ninth consecutive champion club cup win.

It is also the tenth time the club has claimed the cup.

Mrs Nayda said they were successful across all levels but made particular mention of their strong showing on vault apparatus.

"For the first time we did well on vault apparatus," she said.

She said this was thanks to their new facility, with gymnasts being able to focus on vault.

"We've been waiting years for it," she said.