Lord of the rings brings back bronze medal

ADAM Parker went to the Australian Gymnastic Championships in Melbourne last weekend as a reserve for the Queensland team, but when he returned he was a champion.

The 18-year-old competed as an individual rather than as a member of a team and beat some of the Queensland representatives to win a bronze medal in the level 9 men's rings event.

He trains 22 hours a week at the Gladstone Gymnastics Club and has been into the sport for 12 years.

"I like all of the events but my favourites would be floor and the rings," he said.

"It was a big deal winning this medal for me and I'm proud of it."

He competed in the all around, floor, pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars and high bar during the weekend.

In his bronze-winning rings event he attempted a routine with a difficulty level of 3.7 and gained 8.45 for execution.

He was 0.85 away from first place and 0.4 from second.

He said the most critical manoeuvre in his winning routine was a handstand swing.

"Moving into it I felt pretty good about it," he said.

"I wasn't too nervous because I had been training a lot."

The next focus for the Gladstone champion was to move on to level 10.

"If I get my level 10 I will be very happy and then I'll see what happens next," he said.

"If I wanted to go to the Olympics I'd need to change a lot of things and work a lot harder, and I already train 22 hours a week."



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