Gymnastics club honours late coach

IN MEMORY: Grant Onions Memorial Trophy recipient Annabelle Kerle with Jenny and Mick Onions and club president Michael Fehlhaber.
IN MEMORY: Grant Onions Memorial Trophy recipient Annabelle Kerle with Jenny and Mick Onions and club president Michael Fehlhaber. Contributed

GYMNASTICS: Remembering a former club coach added an extra-special moment to the Emerald Gymnastics and Trampoline Club's presentation day.

The club introduced a new award, the Grant Onions Memorial Trophy, to the trophies handed out.

Club coach Sue Fehlhaber said the award was created in memory of Grant, who died this year aged 33.

"The club wanted to honour him for his contribution to the club,” Fehlhaber said.

"Grant started as a gymnast at our club when he was approximately five.

"He competed in men's artistic gymnastics and trampoline and then progressed on to be a coach at the club, where he then moved into the role of head coach.

"In 2004 he moved to progress his coaching career to Gladstone Gymnastics.

"Grant left behind many great memories and touched many lives at Emerald Gymnastics.

"He was a unique person who had a great passion for gymnastics, which he wanted to share with everyone.”

Annabelle Kerle received the trophy this year. Fehlhaber said Kerle was chosen because of her love of gymnastics.

"Annabelle is currently training women's artistic gymnastics Level 7 and attended the state championships for the very first time this year after being with the club for eight years,” she said.

"This is a testament to her commitment and love of the sport.

"Annabelle is also currently completing a school-based traineeship with the club where she assists with Kindergym, Gymfun and WAG Level 1-2 classes.

"Annabelle does gymnastics for the love of it and also wants to share her love of gymnastics with others.”

The presentation afternoon featured the club's annual display, with all disciplines performing routines to the theme of High School Musicals.

Among the awards was the Club Person award, which Fehlhaber said went to a person who had shown tremendous support to the club through their volunteer roles.

"The club feels it is important to acknowledge their volunteers as they play an important role in the club's success,” she said.

Fehlhaber said the club couldn't split the worthy recipients so awarded it to Amanda Tilsley, Inga Nyman and Kylie Jones.

"Amanda does volunteer coaching and has also been instrumental in securing many awesome donations for our fundraising,” she said.

"Inga Nyman received the award for her many tireless hours as our fundraising co-ordinator.

"Kylie Jones has also spent countless hours for the benefit of the club by designing and making our display sets and props.”

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