The Whanganui Boys & Girls Gym Club is a non profit charitable organisation, established in 1957 and still going strong. We are affiliated to Gymnastics New Zealand along with almost two hundred other gymnastics clubs in New Zealand. We are proud to be governed as supported by Sport Whanganui our local RST –  regional sports trust.

We provide gymnastics sessions not only for competition gymnastics, but for everyone who want to have a go. We offer the following:

  • Pre School classes (from 18 months old)
  • Recreational Gymnastics
  • Community groups, Kura/School classes, Kohanga Reo/Preschool sessions
  • Disability sessions
  • Women’s Artistic Competitive
  • Men’s Artistic Competitive
  • Trampoline – not term one 2024
  • Aerobic Gymnastics
  • Incentive Awards
  • Proud to work with Whanganui Unique to deliver sessions for autistic tamariki on Saturday afternoons.

We have a team of dedicated staff, coaches, and volunteers who make the club a great place to be whether it be during the week in our sessions, or at one of our annual events or competition.

The Whanganui Boys & Girls Gym Club also has a sports accommodation wing attached to our main facility which has been home to many sports teams and visitors to Whanganui. We hold birthday parties each weekend and our Sports Holiday programme for 5 to 13 years runs through each school holiday – we really do have something for everyone here at our club.

Our History

Whanganui Boys & Girls Gym Club was established in 1957 by a then young police constable, Jim Bowley, who was keen to engage young boys in physical fitness and competition. His philosophy “Healthy body-Healthy mind” soon became the club’s motto.

Originally the club held classes on the beach at Castlecliff.  In the early 1960’s the arrival from Denmark of Jens and Karen Bukholt bought a new era of gymnastics to Whanganui and by 1978 the club established its own facilities at Springvale Park.   Since then WBGGC has developed a significant local, regional, national and international reputation as a centre of excellence for gymnastic training.

The primary focus of the club is the maintenance and enhancement of their local, national and international reputation as a Centre of excellence for young gymnasts. This will be achieved by ensuring that our Club coaches are trained to the highest standard.

Whanganui Boys and Girls Gym Club Trust: Our vision 

Creating quality opportunities for our community through Fun, Fitness and Fundamentals.  To build strong confident individuals to aspire to be all they can be. 


WBGGC are committed to the safety and well being of every member of our community that interacts with our staff and our facility.

If you have any concerns please feel free to contact our child safe guarding representative Annette Cox by emailing manager@whanganuigymclub.co.nz