City gymnasts show artistic abilities

GLADSTONE Gymnastic Club's men's artistic gymnasts, led by a strong performance by Billy Ward, were in good form at the recent Central Queensland Re- gional Gymnastics Competition in Yeppoon.

Ward secured the overall open division level four regional cham- pionship with an impressive per-formance on all six apparatuses.

The only Gladstone level four competitor, Ward took out the honours on the floor, parallel bars, rings, high bars and vault and finished third on pommel.

Matthew Rowland and Sonny Ward contested open division lev- el three competition with Row- land claiming third spot overall. Despite competing in a strong field, Rowland finished second in floor, vault, parallel bars and high bars routine while Sonny figured strongly in the pommel, earning third place.

Level two open division competitors Benjamin Neucom and Hayden Turner were impressive in winning medals in high bar competition ? silver for Neucom and bronze for Turner.

Gladstone's youngest perform- er, Harrison Madge, showed im- proved form in the level two un- der-eight division, finishing as regional champion on pommel.

Madge also finished second on high bar and vault and third on floor, his steady performances on all six apparatus lifting him into second spot overall.

Gladstone Gymnastic Club MAG coach Grant Onions was thrilled with his charges' per-formances.

'The boys have been working hard towards The Regional Championships,' he said. 'For all five of them to get a medal is really impressive.

'All of the Gladstone Gymnastic Club MAG gymnasts have been successful in qualifying to compete at the State Championships held in Caloundra in Sep- tember.'

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