IN THE BALANCE: Coach Beth Young instructing Aime Parker (age 15, bottom), Jasmyn Dew (15, middle) and Isabeya Jones (11, top) who will be competing in their first acrobatic gymnastics event.
IN THE BALANCE: Coach Beth Young instructing Aime Parker (age 15, bottom), Jasmyn Dew (15, middle) and Isabeya Jones (11, top) who will be competing in their first acrobatic gymnastics event. Jake Jones

Gymnastics trio looks forward to debut

AIME Parker, Jasmyn Dew and Isabeya Jones will not only be entering their first gymnastics competition of the year on Sunday, but it will also be the trio's first event together.

Long-time friends at Gladstone Gymnastics Club, the three girls decided last year to start focusing on acrobatic gymnastics over other disciplines.

It has led to a lifestyle of living in each other's pockets for 23 hours a week during training.

Now the crunch time is here to show whether the hard work has paid off.

"We have given up a lot of time, but we think it will be very good," Aime, 15, said.

The youngest in the team at 11, Isabeya believes in the team as well.

She has perhaps the most reason to need to trust her companions, precariously poised at the top of balance positions for routines.

"It was a bit scary, but once we got through it I was like, 'Oh, that was easy'," she said.

To help along the way with holding up Isabeya, Jasmyn and Aime has been doing extra work to allow their bodies to handle the strain.

"We do an hour a week, we go to CrossFit Gladstone and do weightlifting," Jasmyn, 15, said.

The trio's coach, Beth Young, is looking forward to the competition as much as the gymnasts.

A former competitor herself, she knows what delivering the final product is like.

The buzz is just as big for her as the coach, especially given the significance of the team's first competition.

"It is the first international competition we have held," she said of the Gladstone club.

"International 12-18 means they need to be 12-18 years of age and they can represent the country in the world championships."

While an Australian spot is still a long way off, the trio will be chasing scores for future qualification levels.

They are among 14 teams including 38 athletes who will be making their 2015 debut at the competition.

The action begins on Sunday at 9.30am.



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