A gym-tastic facility
PUBLISHED: 10:27 20 August 2009 | UPDATED: 10:59 23 August 2010
GYMNASIUM stars from around the world are expected to prepare for events at a centre where membership has swelled since it was named on a list of Olynpic training camps. The Meapa Gymnastics Centre, in Cedar Avenue, Gravesend, has been earmarked as a tra
GYMNASIUM stars from around the world are expected to prepare for events at a centre where membership has swelled since it was named on a list of Olynpic training camps.
The Meapa Gymnastics Centre, in Cedar Avenue, Gravesend, has been earmarked as a training facility and bosses are planning to extend the gym before the 2012 Olympics.
The gym has been set up to meet international training requirements and coach Yuriy Zhovtyuk hopes to host gymnasts from the Ukraine before the World Championships in London in October.
The 32-year-old Ukranian said: "The Olympics is a fantastic event, and everyone at the gym is excited that we could be hosting gymnasts competing in London 2012.Ever since we were chosen as a training venue, we have seen an increase in the number of people wanting to join the gym. It has had a very positive effect.
"Youngsters come to us having heard about our link to the Olympics and are keen to train here. The Olympics will be a great thing for this country and the legacy will be a boost for all sport.
"Hosting these top-class athletes will give our members so much inspiration," added Zhovtyuk.
The centre, which has more than 700 members, will cater for gymnasts preparing to take part in the artistic discipline of the sport.
It boasts a range of facilities, including two sprung floor areas, two vault runs, five beams, a set of competition standard rings, a pommel horse and a tumbling track.
If bosses secure funding for the extension, the range of facilities on offer is set to increase.
The Meapa also provides full access for people with disabilities, including ramped access and lifts to all levels, making it a contender for athletes competing in the Paralympic Games.