Lawrie head of the pack at gymnastics invitational
By GREGOR MACTAGGARTmactaggartg@gladstoneobserver.com.au
RISING star Ella Lawrie produced a top-class performance to be the leading local performer in the weekend's Gladstone Gymnastics Club Invitational Meet.
Lawrie was in excellent form to finish first place overall in the Women's Artistic (WAG) Level 6 division.
Sister Dayna sure knows how to keep things in the family, placing second overall in the WAG Level 7 division behind Mackay star Alice Jeffrey.
Crowd favourite Mollie O'Neill was another star of proceedings, winning a classic contest with Mackay's Rachel Corneal in the WAG Level 4 division.
Gladstone club-mate Courtney Christensen also shone in Level 4, but had to settle for third overall, while Keecia Mallie also came third at WAG Level 6.
Natalie Short was another local gymnast to excel, placing second in Level 2.
2004 state champion Billy Ward was at his flexible best to score a comfortable victory in the Men's Artistic (MAG) Level 5 division.
Ward took out first in five of the six events, to be the Gladstone club's top performer in the men's division.
Club-mates Campbell Waugh (Level 0) and Adam Parker (Level 1) also flew the Gladstone flag with second in their divisions.
Gladstone gymnasts also tasted plenty of success in the rhythmic division, winning all three levels contested.
Billarnea Spangen, Emmaliese Barbagello and Monique Eddy came up trumps in a competition which was dominated by local gymnasts.
Other locals to shine were Abby Watt, Tegan Mitchell, Nicole Seeds, Jake Turner, Jacob Dalton, Aden Nancarrow, Kevin Beneke, Eugeny Paulson and Harrison Madge.
More than 200 gymnasts from as far away as Mackay, Yeppoon, Cooroy, Bundaberg and Emerald contested the two-day tournament held at Anna Turetschek Arena and the PCYC.