STRENGTH: Gladstone gymnast Brian Drever shows concentration and determination on the parallel bars.
STRENGTH: Gladstone gymnast Brian Drever shows concentration and determination on the parallel bars. Paul Braven GLA160717GYMNASTICS

A special weekend for Gladstone Gymnastics

GYMNASTICS: Several athletes will be feeling the pinch after yesterday's Gladstone Gymnastics Masters competition.

Gladstone Gymnastics club administrator Amy Dew said while competition numbers were low in the fun event, spectators were treated to some high-quality competition.

"It's amazing that they have not competed for years and they still showed the same techniques years later,” she said.

Among those were Brian Drever, one of the originals from Gladstone.

"He was one of our first gymnasts from our original gym in Auckland Street,” Dew said.

"We also had some members from the Urban Gymnastics in Brisbane who competed and we are hoping we have more from that club to compete next year.

"Urban Gymnastics specialises in adults only.”

Dew said the weekend started with a family day on Saturday.

"I reckon we had about 1000 people come through and we could not have asked for better weather,” she said.

Meanwhile former club student and World Championship 2004 silver medallist Jessica Jagpal was a special guest as part of the club's 40-year celebrations and reunion.

Jagpal left a touching message on her Facebook site dedicated to the many who had helped set up the night.

"What a beautiful night,” she said.

"Thank you to everyone who put together this event and it was great to see so many people come together that were part of the club at some point throughout its 40-year history.

"Some have been there the entire time and it took so many dedicated and passionate people to come together to build the club that it is today, but it was the drive, dedication and love of gymnastics from Mrs T (Anna Turetschek) that kept us all together.”



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