Students at Insight currently enjoy an in-house gymnastics program run by the YMCA. Every Friday morning the students have the opportunity to work on their aerobic capacity, flexibility, and strength through a variety of exercises and equipment, including skipping ropes, ribbons, foam wedges, hoops, mats, balls, and balance apparatus. Staff from the YMCA work in partnership with staff from the school to develop crucial physical and spatial awareness whilst also having fun.
Prior to Insight’s partnership with the YMCA, Blind Sports Victoria and Insight Education Centre for the Blind and Vision Impaired, in collaboration with Funtastic Gymnastics, founded the first Gymnastics program for blind and vision impaired children in Berwick. The program was held in Enterprise Avenue, Berwick at “Funtastic Gymnastics”. Funtastic Gymnastics and Insight staff taught side by side to ensure each student’s individual needs were met. Insight is very grateful for the years that Funtastic ran the gymnastics program.
Both old and new programs offer all students an opportunity to learn:
- the basics on all the apparatus and a better understanding of the sport of gymnastics
- how to use a wide range of gymnastics apparatus
- a number of other activities aimed at improving strength, coordination, and fostering an understanding of the importance of exercise and movement for our health
- gross motor skills and posture.
Thanks to the support of Blind Sports Victoria, and its President, Maurice Gleeson, Insight students have the opportunity to develop crucial skills, while having fun.
We would like to thank the President of Blind Sports Victoria, Maurice Gleeson, for his leadership in developing opportunities and access to sport for our students. We are also very grateful for the sponsorship received from one of their partners, the Commonwealth Bank. This sponsorship has made the program possible.