History


Anna Turetschek

Club founder Anna Turetschek

Mrs T with GGC gymnasts in the early years

Mrs T with GGC gymnasts in the early years

Anna Turetschek established the Gladstone Gymnastic Club in 1977. The club headquarters was a shed in Auckland Street. The Club had very little equipment and a concrete floor. With just 12 budding female gymnasts, the club had a humble beginning.

For 26 years the Club’s home was that run down shed on Auckland Street. Over the years equipment was bought and more gymnasts signed on. The club has continued to grow from strength to strength and is a testament to the hard work and dedication, which was put into it from the beginning and over the many years.

In 2004 Gladstone Gymnastic Club moved to new premises. It is now part of the 3.6 million dollar PCYC Multi Purpose Centre. The Mayor Mr. Peter Corones officially opened the new gym hall at a function held on April 3rd 2004. At this function he also announced that the gym hall would be named the “Anna Turetschek Gymnastic Arena” after Mrs T who has dedicated more than 35 years of her life to the club.

Mrs T is still an integral part of the club and rightly so. Many others over the clubs history have also played such a large part in the success of the Gladstone Gymnastics Club. Life membership has been awarded to some of these dedicated people. Life members include:-

Mrs T and Silke

Anna Turetschek with her daughter Silke, in the early 80’s

Life Members

  • Anna Turetschek
  • Silke Hetherington
  • Suzanne Neucom
  • Lara Neilsen
  • Christine Stringer
  • Trevor Dowdell

*Some of the life members have been involved within the club since its humble beginnings in 1977.

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