Wavecrest Gymnastics Club gear up for district trials

With more than 30 energetic youngsters eager to bounce from corner to corner, getting them to turn up for training is the least of Wavecrest Gymnastic Club coach Peter Adams’ worries.

Wavecrest Gymnastic Club’s Hayden Stanfield leaps through the air under the watchful eye of coach Peter Adams during a training session at Wavecrest Primary, ahead of the upcoming district trials. Picture: Fuad Esack

Adams and his colleagues are hard at work putting the young ones through their paces ahead of their first competition for the year, covering various aspects of gymnastics, including tumbling, trampoline, acrobatics, aerobic gymnastics, artistic, rope skipping and rhythmic gymnastics. Yep, you name, they do it.

Senior gymnast, Ibtishaam Boraan, left and Wavecrest Gymnastics Club coach Sabrina Swarts lend a helping hand to Keisha Jacobs on the beam with Faith January looking on. Picture: Fuad Esack

With the Cape Town Gymnastics Association’s district trials coming up at the end of the month, at Wasabi Gymnastics Club in Zeekoevlei, Adams and co will have their work cut out fine-tuning the technical aspects of their intricate manoeuvres.

Wavecrest Gymnastics Club coach Peter Adams ensures Faith January executes her landing properly. Picture: Fuad Esack

Thankfully, with the help of supportive parents and the assistance from fellow coaches Sabrina Swartz and Joy Hass, the gymnasts can step in front of the judges with confidence and be competitive against better equipped clubs.

Ibtishaam Boraan maintains her composure on the beam with a little guidance from coach Sabrina Swartz. Picture: Fuad Esack
Wavecrest Gymnastics Club coach Peter Adams keeping an eye on high-flying Aisha Ganief during a recent training session. Picture: Fuad Esack

For Adams it’s all about giving the youngsters an opportunity to perform at their best, albeit with limited equipment and facilities. On a sunny day, they’ll fill up the quad at Wavecrest Primary, with apparatus laid out neatly and when the weather turns bad, they head indoors to continue training inside a classroom, he said.

Hayden Stanfield and his club mates, from left, Nizole Ncinane, Buhle Manxilana, Zenazeh Basson and Awonke Mpinda at the rope skipping station during a training session ahead of the upcoming district trials. Picture: Fuad Esack

“Our gymnasts competed at the South African National Gymnastics Games, in Pretoria, in October last year, where they obtained bronze as a team and we had seven of our children attending the SA Schools Games in December where the Western Cape came out tops,” said Adams.

Wavecrest Gymnastic Club’s Kylie Lakay gets a helping hand from coach Joy Hass. Picture: Fuad Esack

He said travelling to and from competitions is one of the biggest challenges they face as it can be a costly affair. “Not having a proper venue for our gymnast, the lack of equipment, no funding or sponsor and the social ills we face daily within our communities, are just some of the challenges we deal with,” he said.

Wavecrest Gymnastic Club’s Issobella Rose Nomdoe guided by coach Peter Adams as she prepares to dismount from the beam. Picture: Fuad Esack

“But it’s about giving our kids a chance in life, creating a safe space and giving them a platform to showcase their talents and also to change the narrative,” he said.

To help raise funds for upcoming competitions, the club will be having a food sale on Sunday May 28.

Libhongo Mpukwana executies a perfect landing. Picture: Fuad Esack
Wavecrest Gymnastic Club’s Jesse Haarland performs a split in mid-air. Picture: Fuad Esack

“The funds raised is for our gymnasts to cover their competition fees and transportation as most of the parents of the gymnasts in the programme, are reliant on social grants and hopefully this will help alleviate the burden,” Adams said.

Ibtishaam Boraan all focused while working on her routine on the beam. Picture: Fuad Esack

If you can assist the club in any way, call Peter Adams on 060 620 6475.