Gymnast aims for glory in artistic, acrobatic titles

Aime Parker competing on the bars during the WG CQ Senior Regional Championships.
Aime Parker competing on the bars during the WG CQ Senior Regional Championships. Brenda Strong

BEFORE setting foot in the gymnastics centre and before attempting a single apparatus, Aime Parker had won.

Competing in the Central Queensland Regional Women's Artistic Gymnastics in level eight, Aime could not be beaten.

The 14-year-old was the only gymnast in her level.

"I did everything and I did pretty well," she said. "I was only versing myself."

The motivation for Aime was more than just winning. She also had a keen eye on making the state titles, to be held in two weeks' time.

Evidently the lack of competition to push the gymnast of nine years was not a problem and she gained entry into the senior state championships in style.

"States are in two weeks, where we can make the national state team," she said.

"I have been to states many times but never placed."

The experience in the past has had an effect on Aime though, leading her to feel more confident.

Rather than being nervous, as in previous attempts, she has already established a confident mindset.

"I am going to smash it this year," she said.

Not only is the Gladstone gymnast going to attack the artistic gymnastics titles with gusto, the acrobatic competition is also in her sights.

Achieving scores high enough to qualify for both forms of the sport on Saturday, Aime has the goal of representing Queensland, which would make her the centre of attention at Gladstone Gymnastics, especially among the young gymnasts under her tutelage.

"I want to make level 10 - it would be awesome - and represent Queensland," she said.

"I started coaching this year, five- to eight-year-olds."


Women's Artistic Gymnastics CQ Regionals

Saturday, March 22

Level 9:

  • Michaela Warwick 46.150
  • Whitney Dew 44.450

Level 8:

  • Aime Parker 43.650

Level 7:

  • Eryn Parker 45.700
  • Jasmyn Dew 44.000
  • Georgia Camman 44.000
  • Faith Lawrie 42.150
  • Tailah O'Shea 42.000
  • Maleeta Blackwood 41.450
  • Bridgette Greene 31.350

Level 6:

  • Karis Edwards 51.734
  • Brittney Milton 50.667
  • Melita Pisani 50.502
  • Paige Hogan 49.135
  • Georgia Hamilton 49.034

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