FLAG BEARERS: Josh Hurst and Adam Parker are flying the flag for Gladstone at the regional gymnastics qualifiers in Brisbane.
FLAG BEARERS: Josh Hurst and Adam Parker are flying the flag for Gladstone at the regional gymnastics qualifiers in Brisbane. Jake Jones

Young gymnasts fly the flag at men's titles

ADAM Parker and Josh Hurst are different ages, different heights and like a lot of different things, but the pair has one thing in common: gymnastics.

In fact, the 17 and the 12-year-old will both be flying the flag for Gladstone this weekend at the men's regional artistic gymnastics titles.

The hope is they will both qualify for the Queensland Championships and perhaps beyond.

For Parker, it would be the chance to chase another Queensland title, after winning the Level 6 two years ago.

Now in Level 9, he sees the regionals as a test to show him what to improve on before the states.

"I have been training in Brisbane a few times so I know the gymnasts quite well," he said.

"It will be interesting to see what their routines are like."

Parker has been coaching for a couple of years in addition to his own training.

He believes the different approach is helping him see competition with open eyes.

"In different ways, it is a different way of looking at it," he said.

Hurst is not a former Queensland winner, nor is he a coach, two more things separating him from Parker.

But he is using his older Gladstone mate to mentor him through the process.

Level-testing for Level 8, Hurst hopes to have no problem in getting the new grading or making states.

"I am nervous, but I am also keen to level test," he said.

"I still have a bit of work to do, but I think I will scrape in."

Hurst has given up outrigging to focus more on his gym.

But he said there was still time to improve in the two weeks between regionals and states.

"It is just the little things you can change, the ones you get deducted for."



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