Gymnast returns to Gladstone club which launched her career
GYMNASTICS: 2004 World Championships Silver medalist in the Women's Group Jessica Jagpal has never forgotten the club that launched her career.
The former Gladstone and now Los Angeles-based resident is in town as part of Gladstone Gymnastics 40-year celebrations.
"It had a tremendous influence on me, the amazing coaches at Gladstone Gymnastics Club especially Mrs (Anna) Turetschek, were the foundation to my later successes," Jagpal said of her original club.
"They had such an influence that I flew from Los Angeles where I live to be here for the club's 40th birthday celebration."
The weekend will start with a family fun day from 9am-noon today at the PCYC grounds.
There will also be free gymnastics classes from 9.30am-11.30am.
Jagpal will also be a special guest at the Masters competition tomorrow which is directed by Turetschek.
She moved from the cold of Canberra to Gladstone in 1990 and began her gymnastics in 1992.
"My father was a gymnast and his advice to me was be the best in your club, be the best in your state, be the best in your country then be the best in the world," Jagpal said.
"He told me this when I was nine years old and just starting gymnastics, so that's exactly what I did."