Our History

History of the Club


PIT Gymnastics was started in 1979 in Bundoora at the Preston Institute of Technology P.I.T., now known as RMIT Bundoora by John Dorrington & the late Wendy O’Donahue.  Annette Dorrington joined the team in 1981 and was a Director of the Club through to 2004.  

Annette's enthusiasm, innovative and professional approach to gymnastics encouraged many aspiring coaches and administrators during the 25 years of her involvement with the Club.


In 1985, the Club was incorporated  and moved from its recreational “hobby” type classes, to a full time professionally run business, catering for all levels of gymnasts.  Today, PIT Gymnastics has a membership of approx 750 gymnasts and a staff of 30 coaches and assistant coaches.


From 1985, the club expanded and operated many “satellite” centres at various schools, such as Eltham East, Thomastown West, St. Helena Secondary College, Whittlesea Secondary College, Coburg, Craigieburn, Hurstbridge, Diamond Creek, and Reservoir.  The main club was housed at Phillip Institute of Technology (Preston Institute changed its name to Phillip before it became RMIT) and expanded into a small factory on High St, Epping from 1989–1995.


Two bigger fully set up gyms – one at Research and one at Mill Park, were built in 1994 and 1995 respectively to house yet an expanded club. In 2000, the Research Club was sold, and now operates as a separate Club.