VIDEO| Worldclass finish for Gladstone girls at world titles
GLADSTONE'S and Australia's dynamic gymnastic trio of Izabeya Jones, Aime Parker and Jasmyn Dew have finished sixth in the world in the World Age Group Competition in Putian, China.
The Beth Young coached girls took on the best in the world and even upstaged acrobatic gymnastic heavyweights Russia to finish in the top eight in the preliminary round.
VIDEO: See the brilliance that took them to a world class level.
That was enough to qualify the three in the final and they excelled beyond their wildest dreams to be sixth-ranked in the 12 to 18 Women's Trio category.
Izabeya, Aime and Jasmyn combined their talents in the balance discipline in which they finished seventh on Easter Sunday.
The following day was decisive and their eighth ranking in the dynamic category was enough to make the final yesterday.
The young gymnasts rose literally for the occasion with a series of spectacular manoeuvres to finish above Netherlands and Portugal on 26.9 points.
Great Britain was crowned world champions followed by Israel and Belgium.
Gladstone Gymnastic Club president Silke Hetherington, who coached the girls at an early age, said their dedication and sacrifices has come to the fore.
As a result, nerves were at a minimal when it came to the crunch.
"They probably train between 25 and 30 hours a week," Hetherington said.
"There has been a lot of physical preparation, strength work and mental preparation as well as making all of their skills consistent and flawless."
Hetherington added that ensuring the girls work in synchronised manner is important.
She observed a rare quality in Jasmyn, Aime and Izabeya during her brief stint as the girls' coach.
"The quality of the girls was their work ethic and dedication and not just their talent, but just in how particular they were," Hetherington said.
"The have a great coach Beth Young who finished in second place in her age division back in 2009."
Hetherington said it is a shame that acrobatic gymnastics is not an Olympic sport, but remains hopeful that it can become one in 2020 or 2024.
The Observer could not get in contact with the champion trio as they are still in holidays in China.
WORLD AGE GROUP COMPETITION
1st: Great Britain