Women gymnasts excel in Yeppoon

GLADSTONE Gymnastic Club continued their strong form from the previous weekend, taking out medals and placings in the Women’s Regional Gymnastic Competition held in Yeppoon on Saturday.

The quality of gymnastics on display was impressive and Gladstone gymnasts showed strength and grace throughout all sessions of the competition.

The event saw over 120 young gymnasts from eight clubs compete in the Women’s Gymnastics (WG) discipline of the Gymnastics Queensland Regional State Championships.

Gymnasts competed on apparatus such as the vault, uneven bars, beam as well as completing floor routines to demonstrate a series of tumbles and other strength and flexibility displays.

The competition opened with the most junior division in the regional competition, level three. Two Gladstone gymnasts took home all-around awards, with Imogen Beshaw finishing fourth and Teagan Harris sixth.

Six Gladstone girls placed in level three, including Beshaw, Harris, Ilanda Canendo, Maddison Costello, Jasmin Doughty-Ang and Ebony Goggi.

Gladstone Gymnastics head coach David Capill couldn’t have been happier with the girls’ performances, especially considering many of these younger gymnasts were featuring at their second competition at the level.

"We have some areas to work on, but considering some of these girls only level tested in April, it was great to see them have a go," Capill said.

Experienced gymnast Sarah McAuley steadied in the second session and composed herself enough to take out the All-Around Championship for level four open, placing on each of the four apparatus – first balance beam, second vault, fourth floor, sixth uneven bars.

Teammate Abbey Hurst joined her in the overall champions in sixth place, while in the level four unders division, Chloe Martin finished fifth overall.

The third and fourth sessions were of a very high calibre and showcased the senior gymnasts from levels five to 10.

Michaela Warwick’s dominance in level six saw her win the overall championship trophy.

In other senior placings, Aime Parker was second and Skye Henebery achieved third in level five open, with Eryn Parker likewise in level five under.

Whitney Dew received third in level six and Talia Galbraith second overall in level eight Keecia Mallie second in level 10.

Capill said these results showed the strength of the city’s club at all levels.

See tomorrow’s Observer for more gymnastic results from the weekend. 

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