Olympian Gymnastics celebrate their launch. Picture: Conor McCabe Photography

OLYMPIAN Gymnastics Club recently moved into the Tallaght neighbourhood and officially opened its doors to all in late August.

Mayor of South Dublin, Vicky Casserly, cut the ribbon to their new gymnastics training facility in Greenhills. The club, which has been running since 1965, has been providing classes to thousands of children in the South Dublin area, in both their clubs and in local schools.

Children of all abilities are welcome in classes and every child is encouraged to do their best and to leave the gym with a smile on their face.

Neil Gissane, manager at Olympian Gymnastics Club, says they are delighted to be a permanent part of the Tallaght community and they look forward to many happy years here.

The company provides jobs to over 60 coaches and managers across it’s venues, many of whom have come up through the club.

There will be more job opportunities arising with the launch of their new venue and they are looking out for people who are passionate about sport to join their team, either in a coaching or management capacity.

Olympian’s Gina McDonagh said the club has played a key role in his life: “In 1997, my parents sent me to after school gymnastics to get rid of me for a few hours.

“Fast forward 20 years and I’m moving on from my position as site manager having qualified as a teacher. What four-year-old me didn’t know was how instrumental OGC would be in shaping the adult I would become.

“Being a member of OGC lent itself to many opportunities. Being part of the display team brought a promise of travel to various competitions and festivals- France, Portugal, Austria, Italy, Greece and the UK.

“The club gave many of us our first job, taught us responsibility, punctuality, patience, leadership and teamwork. Friendships that will last a lifetime and span continents were formed.

“In sixth year and throughout college it was my escape. Word counts, deadlines and CAO applications are not exactly at the forefront of your mind when you’re mid backflip.

To find out more about Olympian gymnastics, go to www.olympiangymnastics.com or email info@olympiangymnastics.com.