The Gym Sports Section of Oatley RSL Youth Club was established in the 1960’s as a boys’ Physical Training Group. In the 1970’s a girls’ section was introduced and the division was renamed the ‘Gymnastics’ section.
The division flourished with new coaches taking over and children were encouraged to enter competitions in their respective disciplines. Many children from Oatley have represented the Outer City region at State competitions since competitive artistic gymnastics was introduced.
Trampoline Sports was run from the mid 1980’s to mid 1990's with several State and National representatives.
2002 heralded the introduction of yet another discipline, Sport Aerobics. Once again the children were encouraged to compete and we have had State representatives each year since.
In 2003 all the Sections were combined and renamed Oatley RSL ‘GymSports’ Section, which now encompasses Recreational Gym, Men's and Women's Artistic, and Aerobic Gymnastics.
There are approximately 350 children participating weekly, ranging in age from 5 to 17 years. There are around 13 coaching staff with new coaches often recruited from participants as they retire from being active members. All coaches undertake the Gymnastics Australia accreditation process and progress to class supervision with experience and higher levels of accreditation. The section has grown to become well known in the St. George area for providing recreational gymnastics.
The club is run by a Volunteer Management Committee that oversees the running of the club and its staff. This committee reports to the Oatley RSL Youth Club.
Our links to Oatley RSL Sub Branch are strong and we encourage members to participate in the local Anzac and Remembrance day activities. Information about these events is distributed to members.