BIG TEAM: Gladstone gymnastics acrobatic teams will be competing in the Queensland Championships on August 29 and 30.
BIG TEAM: Gladstone gymnastics acrobatic teams will be competing in the Queensland Championships on August 29 and 30. Jake Jones

Gladstone acrobatics team to compete at state competiton

BETH Young knows every one of her acrobatics gymnastics teams has the ability to win a medal at Queensland Championships, the athletes picking up skills and routines well enough to impress the judges.

It is a good feeling for the Gladstone Gymnastics Club coach.

The element of the performances next weekend she cannot control is the nerves each of the teams is going to feel.

It is something only time and experience can ensure gymnasts adjust to.

Young hopes her international level trio of Jasmyn Dew, Aime Parker and Izabeya Jones has progressed from last time they tried to qualify for the national squad at the Australian Championships.

"They have progressed a lot since then," she said.

"At the nationals, that was 100 per cent nerves that stopped them.

"They have got the score once, but it was not a qualifier."

If the trio happens to miss out, there is one more chance to achieve the score at a qualifier, at national club level in late September.

They will travel to Bendigo either way, with Young hoping they will be able to enjoy the trip rather than stress about points.

In addition to the international team, Young and the Gladstone club have six other teams going to the Queensland Championships on August 29 and 80.

All of the groups made it through the Central Queensland Regionals quite easily, and have competed against all of the teams they will challenge next weekend.

Knowing what is out there, Young is expecting a lot of success.

"They all have a pretty good chance because they all came first, second or third against the same people before," she said.

To get ready for the Queensland level, Young has organised her girls to practise an extra session this weekend.

"We have a mock competition this weekend and everyone has been working ridiculously hard," she said.

Gladstone Teams

Mia Nunn, Tegan Harris- Level 4 Women's Pair- Black and Green team

Jadyn Nash, Bryn Beamish, Desley Kliese- Level 4 Women's Group- Orange team

Samarah Littlemore, Madelyn Weatherall, Kelsi Madsen- Level 7 Women's Group- Black and Tan (back left)

Charlotte Beckitt, Ehlana Nelson, Tori Brammer Level- 3 Women's Group- Pink, Green and Purple

Izabeya Jones, Aime Parker, Jasmyn Dew Level- INT 12 - 18 Women's Group- Multi-coloured

Lakesha Thierauf, Nikki Schwindt, Maddison Doran- Level 5 Women's Group- Green

Tatiana Manitzky, Tegan Mortimer- Level 5 Women's Pair- Black and Tan (front right)



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