RECOGNITION: Gladstone Gymnastics Club coach Solenn Bardy won Acro Coach of the Year at the recent Gymnastics Queensland awards night.
RECOGNITION: Gladstone Gymnastics Club coach Solenn Bardy won Acro Coach of the Year at the recent Gymnastics Queensland awards night. Mike Richards GLA190118GYMN

Two Gladstone gymnastic clubs recognised at awards night

GYMNASTICS: Two Gladstone clubs have seen their hard work and dedication pay off at the recent Gymnastics Queensland awards night.

Boyne Island's Revolution GymSports and the Gladstone Gymnastics Club received six awards between them at the ceremony held in Brisbane last Saturday.

Revolution GymSports was recognised in two categories; the National Acrobats of 2017 and Special Recognition Award for Service to the Sport.

Revolution GymSports' coach Jenny Rowland won the Special Recognition Award with Tim Kington and Jacelyn Davidson taking the National Acrobats award. "(Tim and Jacelyn) had to be successful at a national event and they placed third in the Australian National Championships in May last year,” Rowland said.

"They get nominated for the award by us and the (Gymnastics Queensland) Sports Management Committee vote on it.”

The nomination for Rowland's award was conducted in the same way. She wasn't sure who nominated her but she has her suspicions.

"Someone nominated me because of the work I've done for acrobatics on a volunteer basis in Queensland and the SMC must have decided that it was a good thing so they voted me as the winner,” she said.

"I'm the state judging coordinator so that means I train up all the judges in the state and in each competition I make sure all the (judging) panels are done correctly and scores get out.”

It's a role that has Rowland on the road throughout much of the year.

"I have to attend every competition I'm able to within the state, mostly in Brisbane or Gladstone, and I also have to attend nationals in Sydney.”

Rowland passed her international judging course last year, which could potentially take her around the globe.

WINNERS: Jacelyn Davidson, Tim Kington and Jenny Rowland at the Gymnastics Queensland Awards Night held in Brisbane.
WINNERS: Jacelyn Davidson, Tim Kington and Jenny Rowland at the Gymnastics Queensland Awards Night held in Brisbane. Contributed

Meanwhile, Gladstone Gymnastics Club won the Club Promotion and Community Engagement Award and the Club Hosting Award, while GCC gymnasts Solenn Bardy (Acro Coach of the Year) and Tahlia Crighton (Barry Martin Award) claimed individual honours.

GGC administrator Amy Dew was pleased Bardy and Crighton's hard work had paid off.

"Last year (Solenn) was nominated to be our national head coach to take our kids to National Championships,” Dew said.

"She's done a lot of good for Queensland and for our club she was honoured with the Coach of the Year for Acro.

"It was good for her to be acknowledge with that award.”

Acro is a different discipline of gymnastics and is normally done in pairs or trios while performing floor gymnastic skills to music.

"The Barry Martin Award is what the gymnast has done for the sport,” Dew said yesterday.

"Tahlia was an athlete last year, she went to nationals and placed there, she did the state championships and was also selected as a team member for the nationals' state team.

"So in recognition of that, her being team leader and the camaraderie that she displayed at nationals, she received that award.”



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