Ladywell Gymnastics Club - Celebrates 50th Anniversary. 03 December 2017
11th December 2017
Ladywell Gymnastics Club, based in Bellingham, joined an exclusive group of Amateur Sports Clubs, when they celebrated their 50th Anniversary over the weekend of 02/03 December 2017.
On Saturday, the Club hosted a stunning display in front of an invited audience of former members and coaches, with the Mayor of Lewisham, Sir Steve Bullock and Lewisham West & Penge MP, Ellie Reeves as special guests. Also in attendance were Lewisham Councillors Sue Hordijenko and Alan Hall.
On Sunday, virtually the same show was performed in front of the parents and families of those who participated in the Display on Saturday.
To say the show had variety would be an understatement.
Former Club members who have gone on to achieve success in other disciplines gave startling displays.
Mother of two Kerry Walker performed a brilliant A-Bars routine, considering she stopped competitive gymnastics some twenty years ago.
Kerry was followed by World Calisthenics Champion, Simone Ming - who had the audience gasping at the release and strength moves she displayed on the A Bars.
The former member participation element was completed when professional dancer and choreographer Sunanda Biswas led a crew of Bboy Break-dancers; performing a stunning display that again, had the audience cheering and gasping in equal measure.
The current members of the Club, ranging in age from three years to seventeen years performed three rousing routines to music, choreographed by Abi Leonard, (ALDC) and the Club’s Coaching Team.
After the Displays the audience retired to enjoy a buffet and to talk over old times, and peruse hundreds of archive photos, which brought the old times roaring back and filled the room with laughter.
Ladywell Gymnastics Club currently enjoys a membership of 650 active members - with a waiting list for a place in excess of 1000 names seeking a place.
Club Director and Head Coach, Mrs. Shirley Callaghan BEM holds dear the statement that, “An investment in the lives of children today, is an investment in all our futures” - and with fifty years of continuous history to show, this Club is undoubtedly doing something right.