Oswin elected President of Gymnastics Tasmania

The Gymnastics Tasmania Board of Directors has elected Leigh Oswin as the Association’s new President, following last Sunday’s Annual General Meeting.  

Oswin will replace outgoing President, Mark Moncur, who has reached the end of his maximum term as President.  Moncur has since been elected by the Board to continue as Vice President of Gymnastics Tasmania.

Oswin has an extensive background in gymnastics, and has been a Director on the Gymnastics Tasmania Board for five years, as well as being involved with the Launceston PCYC for 16 years, and the YMCA Hobart gymnastics program before that. 

In partnership with Moncur and the Board, Oswin has focused strongly in recent years on developing good governance practices across Tasmanian gymnastics, including chairing the Board's Nominations Committee, which reviews and recommends candidates for the Board.

Oswin also has strong technical credentials within the sport. He is currently an FIG-accredited Trampoline Gymnastics (TRP) judge, regularly presiding over competitions at Australian and international events.  Additionally Oswin is the National Judging Coordinator on the Trampoline Gymsport Commission for Gymnastics Australia, as well as an ex-Head Coach for Men’s Artistic (MAG) and Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) with Special Olympics Australia, leading the Australian team to successes at the 2003, 2007 and 2011 World Special Olympics Games. 

Outside of gymnastics, Oswin is employed professionally as a Client Manager with the Tasmanian Government in the field of Community, Sport and Recreation.

He expressed his enthusiasm for taking on the new role.

“I’m excited to take on the challenge of leading the Board as we continue to grow participation in gymnastics across Tasmania,” Oswin said.  “I’d like to take this opportunity to thank Mark Moncur for leading the development of the sport to its current highs in terms of participation, stability and success.”

Moncur steps down after a highly successful maximum term as Gymnastics Tasmania President, since taking on the role in 2005.

Amongst many successes in that time, Moncur’s leadership has enabled the change of management model with Gymnastics Australia, assuming responsibility for the day-to-day operations and the Board moving into a governance role; the opening of the State Gymnastics Centre; hosting the Trampoline Gymnastics National Clubs event for three years; and facilitating an increase in athlete membership from 2,447 in 2005, to a record membership of 5,789 in 2015.