Gympie gymnastics coach honoured
GYMPIE Gymnastics Club head coach Elissa Lyon was four when she fell in love with the sport, knowing instantly she wanted to be a coach.
Now, the energetic coach is celebrating 20 years.
“I can’t believe it’s been 20 years already,” she said earlier this week in between running a class of eager junior gymnasts.
“I first started gymnastics in Gympie and I’ve seen so many changes over all these years.”
Lyon said she did not have a particular memory that stood out from her years coaching.
“I really enjoy coaching children and I feel rewarded when I get to see them achieve and reach their goals,” she said.
Lyon’s journey helping others to learn the sport she loves started in 1989 as a volunteer coach.
From this early beginning, Lyon went on to be a junior coach for the Gympie Gymnastics Club, which then gave her the experience needed to tackle her Level 1 Coaches’ Course in 1991 and 1992.
“The head coach at the time was training me to be head coach and then in 1993 I had to put this into practice as I was the only coach remaining out of the coaching staff,” she said.
In 1994, Lyon started her Level 2 coaching course for women’s and men’s gymnastics, lasting four years.
“I completed this and was accredited in 1999 and during this time I was appointed head coach,” she said.
Adding to the coach’s growing list of achievements, Lyon also gained her kinder gym accreditation shortly after.
Lyon stepped down in 2003 for two years when she started a family but later regained the position.
In recent years, the Gympie club has expanded to include trampoline sports, requiring Lyon to update her accreditation.
The Gympie Gymnastics Club is celebrating Lyon’s 20-year milestone with a dinner at the Phoenix Hotel on November 13 from 6pm.