At the Gymnastics Australia Annual General Meeting on 25th July 2020, Gymnastics WA Life Member Val Norris-Buffham was inducted into the Gymnastics Australia Hall of Fame. Val is a Roll of Honour Australian Women’s Artistic Gymnastics athlete. She won four National All Around titles, dominating the sport for a number of years. She also represented Australia at the Tokyo Olympics in 1964 and again at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico.
In 1966, Val competed at the 1st World Championships for Women's Gymnastics in Dortmund, Germany. In fact, Val was the only West Australian gymnast to be selected to attend this event. Val continued in the sport after retiring from competing, opening her own gym and contributing as a judge, coach and technical committee member until the end of 2015.
Numerous State, National and even Olympic athletes started their career at Val’s club. While coaching, Val saw how gymnastics could benefit athletes of all ages and abilities. This experience led Val to create a range of programs that had a foundation in gymnastics but focused on training young people for participation in a wide variety of sports.
Gymnastics WA would like to congratulate Val on this latest achievement and being recognised at this top level for her commitment and dedication to the sport of Gymnastics.