Gladstone gymnasts get just rewards in Bundaberg regionals
GYMNASTICS: Several Gladstone athletes have come away from the 2018 Central Queensland Men's and Women's Artistic Gymnastics Junior Regional Championships in Bundaberg ready for a bigger challenge in Brisbane later this month.
Eighteen female and male gymnasts from the Gladstone Gymnastics Club will make the trip to Brisbane for the State Championships on September 22-25.
Kiara Seage, Jenna Gaunt, Ava Bourke and Charlotte Beckitt are just some who earned their stripes with a stellar show in Bundy in level four WAG.
Gladstone Gymnastics coach Addie Kiley was ecstatic with what the athletes have achieved.
"I was very pleased with the girls' performances and it was so impressive to see these young athletes compete with such poise and precision," she said.
"We had a total of 27 WAG gymnasts attend the regional competition in which all athletes have qualified for the state championships to be held in Brisbane over school holidays.
"This is a huge achievement as there is a qualifying score to be met by each individual athlete for this event."
The Gladstone club also took out the Central Queensland regional awards for levels three, four and six as well as the top gong as 2018 regional club overall champion.
Nikola Sorensen will also be part of the level five WAG team in Brisbane and will be joined by fellow Gladstone club members Elle Hetherington, Laylanie Willie, Felicity Webb and Kaye Ng in level six.
Gladstone men's coach Wesley Chirima was equally as excited as Kiley with what his athletes had achieved.
Charlie Smallcombe, Kaushika Alahakoon, Ewan Jordaan, Loukas Hayes and Hunter Roper are the talented male team headed to Brisbane.
"It's always a bonus to see the guys work hard and aim for something and for it to come into fruition," Chirima said.
The coach moved to Gladstone in August 2017 and there's no regrets. "We're making positive steps with the program," he said.
"I love watching the progress throughout the gymnast's journey. It's wonderful to see them grow and develop each time they step out on the floor," Kiley said.
Kiley has been in Gladstone close to two years after she arrived from the US.
"I started coaching competitive gymnastics about 15 years ago and I've been very fortunate to have been mentored by former Olympian Kristie Phillips," she said.
"I moved to Australia for the opportunity to develop and lead my own program.
"Gladstone gymnastics is full of great coaches with great knowledge and has been a great place to do this."