Gymnastics is full of twists and turns and the latest spin in Maitland PCYC's journey has the team jumping for joy.
On Saturday the club received the title of Gymnastics NSW Medium Club of the Year at the 2018 Gymnastics NSW Annual Awards in Rosehill Gardens.
The staff gymnastics team of 11 worked hard last year to increase their capacity for the sport, including expanding and upgrading their gym.
As a result, their gymnastic participants almost doubled in number, from 516 members to 912.
They also have three new trainees ready to help continue the momentum.
The club's gymnastics program leader Ryan Philllips said it was great to be acknowledged for all their efforts.
"We were building the capacity of coaches towards the end of last year and we have a lot more classes," Phillips said.
"We were judged on things like the growth of the club over 2018, how much coaching and education we were able to provide at a club level, and the supply of judges for events."
They are delighted with the honour, but the crew isn't going to bow out there.
They are planning to reach for new goals in 2019, expanding on what they have already achieved.
I think gymnastics is a great sport for anybody to start with.Ryan Phillips, PCYC
The team hosted six events last year and have more in pipeline.
One event in 2018 they were particularly proud of was the Hunter Region’s Aimee Fisher Invitational Competition.
They welcomed more than 200 women’s artistic athletes to the competition, helping them raise funds for a local gymnast who required a wheelchair following injury.
Over the weekend of the fundraiser they collected $10,000.
Most of their events were Hunter regional competitions.
"We have a very strong women's comp in the region and also a men's comp gymnastics as well," Phillips said, adding there were many benefits to practicing the sport.
"I think gymnastics is a great sport for anybody to start with," he said.
"The motto used to be 'it's the nursery of Australian sport'.
"You learn a lot of different fundamental skills and gain a lot of strength in upper body, lower body - you learn a lot about yourself.
"Then if you also transition from there into a different sport, it gives you a good launch pad for that.This year we're hoping to continually increase in size with registrations and just maintaining that standard of progress that we already have."