Club farewells long-serving coach, looking for new ones

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Gore Gymnastics Club members said goodbye to their longserving coach India Henry on Monday afternoon.
Henry said she was ready for a new challenge and was heading to Australia.
She has been a part of the gymnastics club for 14 years, including seven years coaching, since she was in year 9 at St Peter’s College.
‘‘I will miss the cracker stories some of the members come to me with. I will also miss watching them put in their hard work to succeed and then seeing them get the deserved rewards,’’ Henry said.
While she was finishing up with the club she did not believe it would be the last time she coached.
‘‘While I may give it a break for a while, I am sure I will coach again somewhere. As I grew up doing this, it will always be a part of me.’’
Gore Gymnastics Club competition secretary Sonia Morrison has been working with Sport Southland’s Martin Mackereth on deciding the future direction for the club.
She said the club was hoping a couple of Russian coaches, coming from Invercargill, would be a permanent fix for the club and would help mentor other young, up-andcoming coaches such as Phoebe Miller (15).
Miller is reasonably new to coaching gymnastics and has just started coaching Step 1 competition gymnasts.
‘‘The aim is to continue to build the club while taking it in a new direction. We hope to continue building our coaching numbers, so we can begin reducing our waitlist,’’ Morrison said.
The club has about 70 members and includes a waitlist of about 54.
Mackereth hoped to continue the development of coaches and gymnasts in the area by helping them learn leadership skills as well as fundamental movement skills. – If anyone would like to volunteer as a coach, contact Sonia Morrison on 021 987-621.