Centre says farewell to gymnastics coach

JPCT 01-08-12 S12310167X Storrington Chanctonbury leisure Centre,  Sandy Fisher. gymnastic coach there  for 17 years is leaving. pictured with students and her daughter behind -photo by Steve Cobb
JPCT 01-08-12 S12310167X Storrington Chanctonbury leisure Centre, Sandy Fisher. gymnastic coach there for 17 years is leaving. pictured with students and her daughter behind -photo by Steve Cobb
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A gymnastics coach, who has coached youngsters in Chanctonbury area to many successes over the years, has said farewell.

Sandy Fisher has left Chanctonbury Sports and Leisure Centre in Storrington to be near her daughters in Devon, and glowing tributes to the quality of her work were made when she held her final gymnastics session there last week.

Sandy originally started working at the centre for one hour a week more than 18 years ago, with just a couple of mats and a trampoline. She has achieved excellent results with youngsters over the years and the centre now boasts a whole range of gymnastic equipment, including bars, poles, and vaulting horses.

“It has been a wonderful experience here. I have coached everyone from toddlers to teenagers here, and have now seen second generations come for sessions. I’ve worked with local schools in the area and loved every moment here,” she said.

Sport had been Sandy’s passion as a youngster and she loved watching gymnastics on television. When her youngest daughter was three years old, Sandy took her to a gymnastics club and went on herself to achieve coaching qualifications.

“I’ve had a lot of satsifaction from coaching pre-school children, artistic gymnastics and also teaching sports acrobatics. But my greatest love is tumbling,” she said.

Tumbling, also known as power tumbling, is an acrobatic sporting discipline which combines some of the skills of artistic gymnastics on the floor with those of trampolining.

It is usually practised on a 25 metre long spring track. It was developed from tumbling performances performed by entertainers from very early times but, as a sport, is now codified, regulated and judged and performed using standardised special equipment.

“I’m grateful to the backing I received at Chanctonbury Leisure Centre from Andrew Dunston, the manager who employed me here, current manager Jezz Charlton, and sports development officer Scott Bacon, who have all given me such wonderful support,” said Sandy.

Mr Charlton said: “Sandy has done a wonderful job here and she was a particularly long-serving member of staff. Her two daughters, Sammy and Emma, were also involved on the coaching side before they left this area. Now Sandy is relocating to Devon and we will miss her. The gymnastics section here wouldn’t be what it is now without her. She has developed it into the superb section it is today and played a very hands-on role, promoting it.

“She has coached lots of youngsters, from toddlers right through to teenagers, and they have all benefited from her expertise.”

Gymnastics at the centre holds a top sport spot along with football, karate, dodgeball, roller disco, kick boxing, junior fitness, Melody Bear movement, trampolining and racquet sports.

The centre also has a wide range of major facilities.

It has a fully equipped fitness studio, weights room, a four court badminton sports hall, multi-use fitness studio, outside Multisport pitch and cafe area, and much more. vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv