Dedication the key to gymnastics dynamo Dayna
By CRAIG ROSScraigr@gladstoneobserver.com.au
IF POCKET-SIZED dynamo Dayna Lawrie achieves her goal of winning the Central Queensland Senior Artistic Championships, there will be no secret concerning the young gymnast's success.
Although a talented and powerful little performer, the key to Dayna's past success and possible future triumphs is her dedication to training.
Dayna is training 16 hours per week in the lead-up to the March 19-20 event, to be hosted in Gladstone, and the state championships which follow on April 8-10.
A member of an athletic family, Dayna is determined to make a name for herself in as a women's artistic gymnast.
Her father, Geordie played first grade rugby league for Valleys in Brisbane when the competition was still full of state and national stars in the early 1980s.
Her mother Donna is one of Gladstone's best netball players while sister Jessica will join Dayna as one of only three Gladstone Gymnastic Club competitors, along with Tamara Purcell, to contest the CQ championships.
A level six performer this year, Dayna has already shown an ability to achieve in top competition, winning the state level five championship last year.
Dayna has flourished under the guidance of a knowledgeable coaching staff in Gladstone headed by 2004 Gymnastics Queensland official of the year Anna Turetschek.
Turetschek is full of praise for Dayna's past performances but believes her best results are still ahead of her.
Turetschek believes Dayna is a strong chance to win selection in the Queensland team to contest the Border Challenge against NSW. The compeittion is for level five and six competitors.
'I expect her to win the CQ championship and I hope she also makes the Queensland team to contest the Border Challenge,'' Turetscheck says.
'But there will be 60 or 70 girls trying for the Queensland team so we'll be very happy if she makes it.
'She's very powerful ... a real little dynamo. She trains before and after school for 16 hours a week ? sometimes more before a big competition.'
Understandably for an 11-year-old, Dayna isn't yet that rapt about doing interviews but does mention that she loves gymnastics and doesn't find training gruelling despite all the hours it requires of her.
The Star of the Sea student is in her fifth year of competition, and with life saving (nippers) and netball also gaining her interest, she says she's too busy to watch much television and loves to be on the go.