GYMNASTS from the St Pauls club in Manila in the Philippines have enjoyed the Gladstone Invitational gymnastics event so much, they are keen to come back in the future.

Competing for the first time in Australia, St Pauls were impressed with the venue and level of competition, a good indication from the well-travelled club.

"We have been all around South East Asia," Joy Asuncion, mother of two Philippine junior gymnasts, said.

"We got an invitation from Gladstone. We are excited."

St Pauls enjoyed their time and were impressive despite spending 17 hours travelling to the tournament.

The Gladstone club has made a good friend in St Pauls, who want to see locals overseas in the future.

"We would like to have Gladstone in Manila, there is a meet every quarter," Asuncion said.

GOOD TIME: St Pauls’ Kian Marcelo during the Gladstone Gymnastics Invitational held at Gladstone Gymnastics.
GOOD TIME: St Pauls’ Kian Marcelo during the Gladstone Gymnastics Invitational held at Gladstone Gymnastics. Luka Kauzlaric

While the Philippines club enjoyed reasonable success, Gladstone gymnasts were also looking to do the same.

Competing in the level 5 segment of the event, Teagan Harris was also helping the hosts on Saturday morning, assisting with scoring.

She was excited to be at home for another meet, keen to use her knowledge of the equipment to her advantage.

"Because at different events they have different apparatus, I know all the apparatus here well," she said.

"I help to hold up the numbers and gymnasts scores too."



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