Kianna Brown competes at the Gladstone Invitational hosted by Gladstone Gymnastics Club.
Kianna Brown competes at the Gladstone Invitational hosted by Gladstone Gymnastics Club. Tom Huntley

Competitors twist and turn at huge gymnastics spectacular

EVERYTHING from the cute and unsure to the confident and strong was on show at the Gladstone Gymnastics Club's annual competition at the weekend.

Eleven clubs and almost 300 gymnasts from Mackay, the Sunshine Coast and Emerald came to compete.

Club treasurer Karen Parker said the atmosphere had been exciting.

"It's a fantastic event for the region and obviously for our club, because the gymnasts get to showcase and present their routines," she said.

"Because of the size of this competition, we're actually going to eighth place in some of the divisions."

Saturday night's senior competition was the highlight of the event.

"They just do some breathtaking stuff," Ms Parker said.

"Once they get into these senior ranks they're starting to do some skills that we get to watch in the Olympics."

Families and friends turned out to support the event.

"This one in particular is one of the largest invitational events in the region ever," Ms Parker said.

"It's also one of the largest MAG (men's artistic gymnastics) competitions that this region has ever seen."

Check out the club's Facebook page if you're interested in getting involved.



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