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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 www.eventfinda.co.nz