Est 1990 - 2019Established in 1990 and located in Ballarat, Jayde Calisthenic Club was founded and is still run by Principal Coaches Donna Flynn and Wendy Riding. It is managed by a committee of volunteers, elected annually at our AGM. Donna, Wendy and their younger sister Paula all attended Ballarat Calisthenic College and were inspired to open their own club to pass on their love and passion for the sport. At Jayde, our aim is for all participants to have fun and enjoy their calisthenics. Along the way, our pupils learn commitment, dedication and the importance of teamwork, improving their self-esteem and confidence. While it takes hard work to perfect each item, the fun and excitement of performing in magnificent theatres, in beautifully sequinned costumes make it all worthwhile. Whilst Calisthenics is predominantly a team sport, at Jayde we support and encourage members who wish to further their abilities by participating in solo competitions, undertaking Pupil Skill Examinations, or auditioning for the Victorian State Team. Our dedicated coaching team strive for excellence, through the correct teaching of technique, and in 2014 were awarded CVI’s Pupil Skills Coaches of the Year in recognition of their support of the examinations. We are proud of the continued improvement shown from all our students. Whilst initially in D Grade for competitions, our progression up the grading ladder has resulted in our Tinies, Juniors and Seniors currently graded in Championship Reserve, Intermediates in Division 1, Masters in Division 2 and Sub-Juniors in Division 3. All students are registered and insured with Calisthenics Victoria Inc (CVI), and participate in a series of competitions from July to October, all of which are CVI accredited. (see CVI’s website for further information: www.calisthenics.asn.au). Jayde Calisthenic Club is also privileged to hold our annual concert at Ballarat’s beautiful and historic Her Majesty’s Theatre, to display the amazing talent we have in our pupils. Jayde has thrived over the years, and become known in calisthenics circles as a “friendly club”. It has been said that at Jayde, you don’t just join a club, you become part of a family, and we wouldn’t want it any other way. That’s what keeps our girls coming back year after year.
A Brief History
The word calisthenics comes from the Greek kalos (beautiful) and sthenos (strength). It is an artistic sport, in which teams learn routines choreographed to music and present them on stage at competitions and concerts. The routines include gymnastic and ballet movements, dance, acting, singing and apparatus manipulation (rods and clubs).
Calisthenics can be categorised as both a sport and an art. As a sport it encourages physical development, self-discipline, co-ordination, and team spirit. As an art, it develops an appreciation of music and rhythm, the beauty of correct technique, and the excitement of wearing beautiful costumes and performing on stage, sometimes at magnificent theatres.
Friendship, confidence, poise, co-ordination, team spirit, mental alertness, fitness, flexibility, strength ... the list is endless ... and CALISTHENICS has it all!