Affinity Gymnastics Academy coach Becky Morrison with gymnast Lexi Ashwell

Selwyn’s gymnastics success

by Ann van Engelen

The Affinity Gymnastics Academy was established in October 2018 as a community project to provide adequate facilities to all children in the Selwyn district.

“We cater for preschool age through to competitive gymnasts and are now the second largest dedicated gymnastics facility in the South Island,” says general manager Tracy Jones.

“We were fortunate to be able to purchase equipment from the 48th Artistic World Championships in Doha, Qatar and now have a 15m x 15m fully sprung gymnastics floor, which is a huge benefit for the gymnasts’ training,

“Our highlight of the year was holding an inaugural competition, the Affinity Junior Challenge, which was also a Gymnastics New Zealand affiliated event. Local gymnasts competed as well as gymnasts from Christchurch, Nelson and Timaru clubs.

“Our gymnasts achieved well in the competition. Alana Phare won the gold medal in the Step 1, and Meg Allingham achieved fourth place in her first-ever competition in Step 2. Xander Delahunty won the gold medal in the Bronze level boys competition.

“We have received fantastic support from local families, and in the nine months, since we opened our doors, we have more than 360 members. We also offer school holiday programmes, host birthday parties and provide an indoor training facility for local sporting teams and community groups.”

The club has received full charitable status from Charities Services and is fully affiliated under Gymnastics New Zealand.

“Our coaches, gymnasts and parents not only share a passion for gymnastics but also a desire to make the sport as accessible to anyone within the community who wishes to participate.”

For more details or information contact Tracy Jones 022 334 6489 or visit