Club History

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Founder: Helen Bril

Marden was established by Helen Brill in 1966 by placing an advertisement in the local paper. From 1966 to 1976 Marden were in the Novice section and the Competitions were held initially at the Adelaide Town Hall.

 

 

Sue Gray

Sue Gray

Grading was then established and Marden started out in D Grade headed by Sue Gray. After winning the overall aggregate in 1977 and 1978 Marden was promoted to C Grade.

 

 

Sally Nixon (nee Miller)

Sally Nixon (nee Miller)

Jenny Victory took the club through to the next level in 1979 and promoted us to B Grade. Sue Gray was back at the helm in 1980 and we remained in B Grade after gaining 2nd place overall. Then in 1981 the club was lead by Sally Miller. Sally kept the club at B Grade level however was approached by Barbara Prizrenac to amalgamate Marden with Clearview Calisthenics College who was in A Grade.
Tribute to Sally Nixon

Tribute to Sally Nixon

 

Barbara Prizrenac

Barbara Prizrenac

After a trip overseas, Sally decided that Marden would join forces with Clearview however keep the Marden name. Marden was now in A Grade which was the beginning of years of dominance at the Annual Calisthenics Competitions.

 

 

Karen Darby

Karen Darby

 

From 1982 to 1984 both Sally and Barb kept the club in A Grade successfully winning the overall aggregate each year. It was also during this time that Marden together with Victorian club Regent (now known as Crown) started the most successful ASC Competitions. This competition allowed any A through to C Grade Club in SA to compete against the Championship and Division 1 clubs of Victoria. They would alternate every year as to which state they were held – SA one year VIC the next. This was a brilliant opportunity for ALL of Marden girls to compete against the same teams that appear in Ballarat every year and also helped form wonderful friendships with the Victorian girls. Unfortunately these competitions were forced to disband in 1987 due to the formation of the National Competitions. Barbara Prizrenac handed the reigns over to Sally in 1985 with outstanding results with each section winning their respective aggregates. In 1986 Sally went overseas to pursue a career in dancing – Marden still won the overall aggregate under the direction of Barbara Prizrenac. Sally returned from overseas and from 1987 through to Sally’s forced retirement due to ill health in 1994 Marden remained the number one club in the State except for one year we came second overall. In 1995 Sally handed the club over to our current Principal Coach, Karen Darby