LAUREEN Tkacik's last gymnastics competition was a relaxed and fun one back in the late 1980s.

Before that, she had not competed since the 1970s.

So getting back on the beam on Sunday was different to what she remembered from her days in elite levels.

As the oldest competitor at the inaugural Gladstone Gymnastics Club masters competition, she was actually performing tasks learnt in low levels.

But the 65-year-old didn't let the age barrier stop her.

In fact, she took her time to finish her routine, even though there were difficulties.

"After practicing so hard for the last month, I wanted to do it so bad," she laughed.

BALANCING ACT: Laureen Tkacik competing in the inaugural Gladstone Gymnastics Club master competition, her first competition since the 1980s.
BALANCING ACT: Laureen Tkacik competing in the inaugural Gladstone Gymnastics Club master competition, her first competition since the 1980s.

Tkacik used to live in Gladstone, coaching at the local club for three years before leaving for Caloundra in 2009.

Her main motivation in coming back was to support her friend Anna Turetshek with the competition.

But it has gathered up motivation for Tkacik, who says next year she will be much better.

She won this year in her age group - because she was the only entrant.

Next time around she expects more to be on hand to make it a challenge.

"There is no reason it shouldn't be bigger," she said.

"There are thousands of adult gymnasts and they should come to things like this."

The competition was the first of its kind in Queensland and had 15 gymnasts.



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