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Gladstone gymnasts have the chance to represent Australia

IMPRESSIVE: Samarah Littlemore, Savannah Maytom and Maddison Doran in the 11-16 Trio section at the nationals, where they finished in third place.
IMPRESSIVE: Samarah Littlemore, Savannah Maytom and Maddison Doran in the 11-16 Trio section at the nationals, where they finished in third place. contributed

GYMNASTICS: Five Gladstone gymnasts have the opportunity to represent Australia at an international competition next year.

Izabeya Jones, Emma Tiboni, Samarah Littlemore, Maddison Doran, Savannah Maytom, Chloe Martin and Mia Nunn competed at the National Club Championships in Bendigo throughout this week.

The seven girls competed in two groups of pairs and a trio.

Chloe Martin and Mia Nunn and the trio of Samarah Littlemore, Maddison Doran, Savannah Maytom scored high enough to qualify for the national squad competition.

Both competed in the 11-16 age bracket.

Gladstone Gymnastics Club administrator Amy Dew said the five girls would compete in November for a spot on the Australian team, which would travel to Belgium for an international competition next year.

"That's a massive achievement for those girls,” she said. "They made it on the national squad team ... so now they will all fight among themselves and compete again at the end of the year and they will take the top one or two places.”

Dew said it was not only that competition the selection would be based on, with selectors looking at scores from events throughout the year.

Izabeya Jones and Emma Tiboni were competing as level six gymnasts at this week's competition, where they finished second overall.

Mia and Chloe placed fourth while the trio of Samarah, Maddison and Savannah grabbed a bronze medal at the national clubs competition in Victoria.

Acrobatics is a discipline of gymnastics and is a team sport.

Rather than gymnasts competing on a range of apparatuses, it all takes place on the floor.

"You normally have a base and a top (gymnast), so the base will throw the top up in the air and they will do some interesting balance holds and things like that,” Dew said.

"It's very much storytelling with dance, you have music, you need to sell the story, you need to have all the theatrics with the dance movements and the facial expressions plus you have all those dynamic skills.”



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