Experience sought but high placing expected

THERE will be no rest for three Gladstone competitors after this weekend's Women's Artistic Gymnastics State Titles in Caloundra.

Upon completing their state titles campaigns, Gladstone Gymnastic Club trio Ella Lawrie, Keecia Mallie and Gemma Sweeney will back up to contest the National Club Championships, also in Caloundra, starting two days later.

The three will team up with Dayna Lawrie and Tamara Purcell to form a Gladstone level six team which will compete against opposition line-ups from throughout Australia.

Gladstone coach Silke Hetherington said competing at a major event would be a valuable experience for the girls.

'Our girls have every chance of scoring high in the competition depending on whether they were able to pull off their routines on the day,' Hetherington said.

'The National Club attracts clubs from all around Australia with categories from levels 4-10 and also exhibits Australia's international gymnasts.'

The competition is conducted over five days and gives each team two chances to showcase their skills.

Hetherington said the Gladstone team, which will compete on September 23 and September 25, had been entered predominantly for the experience but still had the aim of recording a high placing.

Fellow Gladstone pair Tahlia Gailbraith and Mollie O'Neill are also competing at the WAG State Titles this weekend.

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