Our dream is to do gymnastics


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Dreamers: The group are all in Kranshoek Primary school - Sade Wiesie, Andrea Olivier, Celine Olivier, Monique Bailey, Ellen Kleinsmidt, Lucile May, Marcelle Patterson, Antonio Aaron, Marshel Williams, Jeandre Matthews, Nicole Ludic, Nicole Jacobs, Lenishia Cloete, Thoman Roman and Desire Williams.

The Dream: A total of 14 BIA students dreamt of doing gymnastics, something which they never had the opportunity to do in their circumstances. One of our volunteers, Alexandra Rondas, started a gymnastics class using an old mattress and her knowledge of the art. The learners loved the class and dreamt of one day having their own leotards and being able to use real gymnastics equipment.

The Process: Born in Africa contacted Knysna Gymnastics Club to see whether they would be able to help and they were very eager to do so. Meanwhile, Alexandra continued with lessons and also raised funds independently to help make the dream a reality.

Dream Come True: Every child in the group was given their very own leotard. We then took them to the Knysna Gymnastics Club for an afternoon of activities. There, the group watched a demonstration by professional gymnasts which greatly inspired them. This was followed by rotating from platform to platform in smaller groups where they were taught how to do various gymnastics movements and use the gymnastics equipment! Their determination was evident by how hard they tried and concentrated, all of which was followed by huge smiles. Afterward, they also had a chance to mingle with the Knysna gymnasts with cupcakes in hand. What a dream come true!