MALAGA-based West Coast Gymnasts Inc committee member Spiro Sanders says the club shares the philosophies and values of the True Sport campaign through offering free opportunities to the community.
True Sport is co-ordinated through the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries and supported by Sport and Recreation Minister Mick Murray.
Mr Sanders is a life member and has been volunteering at the club for more than 25 years, where he served as president for 12 years.
He recently retired after more than 45 years in the police force.
The club has more than 300 members.
Mr Sanders said during his time he ran several fundraising ventures and sausage sizzles to help provide a “sustainable future” for the next generation of gymnasts.
“We proudly now have three generations of families working and training in the club,” he said.
“Seeing first-hand how sport benefits not only individuals but also the community brings me much pride and no doubt makes our community vibrant and keeps our kids off the street.
“Gymnastics as a whole has supported True Sport from the beginning, as we strongly share the philosophies and values supported by the organisation.
“As a not-for-profit organisation we are not only family-friendly but also community-focused and can often be seen out in the community offering free opportunities for children to try gymnastics and learn about moving their bodies safely.”
Mr Sanders said giving children the opportunity to not only be part of something that they enjoy but teach them valuable life skills kept him motivated to keep on volunteering.
“Having now retired from the police force, I plan to dedicate my spare time at the club and within the local community, so will be working on upcoming new projects, some of which include fundraising for new equipment and improving facilities,” he said.