Club does cartwheels

Queenstown gymnast Aily Joll is all smiles on the floor alongside her teammates

Dark clouds over the future of the Queenstown Gymnastics Club are lifting.

The club’s quest to find a new venue may be over.

As previously reported by until last Sunday to find a new site or close its doors after teaching countless children cartwheels and candlesticks for more than 20 years.

For more than a decade, it operated out of the old Wakatipu High School on Fryer Street.

But it had to move out in April ahead of the school’s demolition – the old campus is making way for a massive new housing development.

A landlord kindly offered the club a three-month contract at a temporary site at the recreational hub on Red Oaks Drive, in Remarkables Park.

President Lee Hazlett can’t elaborate on the details of the new venue yet – the club’s waiting to sign on the dotted line – but it’s a “a really positive agreement”.

The club’s also been allowed to stay at its Remarkables Park site for term 3.

Despite the positive news, the not-for-profit group – run mostly by volunteers – desperately needs community funding to cover rental fees.

It’s holding a fundraiser with renowned comedy hypnotist Dave Upfold, who’s putting on two-hour shows on Saturday and Sunday nights, from 7pm, at the Queenstown Memorial Centre.

There’ll also be an auction and raffle prizes.

The club’s goal is to raise $20,000 to help cover its $60,000 annual leasing fees.

Tickets are $25 and can be bought at