Member of Lions Club – State Parliament
East Gippsland’s gymnasts will be the beneficiaries of a $1.8 million new facility to be built at the Lucknow Recreation Reserve.
Gippsland East MP, Tim Bull, who visited the centre last year and supported the application for state funds, congratulated the club and shire on the work done to bring this proposal to fruition.
“On a tour of the currently facility last year with local club champions Marie Miles and Ray Hawkey, it was clear to see the need for an upgrade, but it was pleasing to hear of the growth within the club and see some of the young talent in action.
“In my time working with the Australian Sports Commission, I was able to see first-hand the participation and discipline benefits gymnastics provides. It really is a great environment for children to be exposed to.
“This club has had to deal with long wait lists for a period of time, meaning children have been denied the chance to participate, but when this facility is built that will be a thing of the past,” he said.
Mr Bull said the Lucknow Recreation Reserve was becoming a terrific local sporting precinct with the squash and table tennis centre, football and cricket facilities and recently upgraded netball amenities.
“Over recent years we have been able to improve a lot of sporting facilities within the region and while there is more to do, the reality of first class facilities improve participation and the more kids we get involved in sport the better social outcomes.
“Sport gets our youth around good role models and gives them a good crash course in life, coping with both successes and challenges, which stands them in good stead for what lays ahead in life.”
Caption: State MP for Gippsland East, Tim Bull, by his own admission does not have a body well suited to gymnastics, but is delighted East Gippslanders will have state of the art facilities.