I’ve been there once. A fantastic facility. This is terrible news.
Aussie gymnasts are devastated by the surprise announcement.
Gymnastics Australia posted Allana Slater’s response.
Here’s GA’s response.
Australian Gymnastics Blog open letter:
The Hon. Mia Davies MLA BMM
Minister for Sport and Recreation
GA President Jacqui Briggs-Weatherill:
“I would have expected that the chair of the Western Australian Institute of Sport [Peter Abery] would have at least had the courtesy to ring me and discuss this with me at a very minimum…I don’t even fully understand the reasons this decision has been made.
“We expected some cuts to the program because funding is tight across sport. We had no idea they were looking to close the program.”
The gym closure – set for December 31 – will equate to a saving of about $700,000 annually for the WAIS, which is funded by the Western Australian government and leave Melbourne’s elite training centre as the lone facility of its kind in Australia for female artistic gymnasts. …