Young gymnasts raising the bar
GYMNASTICS:Three Gladstone and Boyne Island gymnasts have progressed to the senior state championships in Brisbane this weekend after a strong showing at the regional championships in Bundaberg.
Level 10 star Eryn Parker will lead the charge for state representative hopefuls with Ainsley Graham (level nine) and Lilly Gibson (level seven) also selected to showcase their outstanding skill and talent.
Parker showed why she will be in good contention for state selection, easily outscoring her competitors.
As expected, Parker dominated in the Level 10 Open to finish first with a score of 48.45 ahead of Bundy's Paige Hogan and Elli Melrose of Yeppoon.
Gibson joined Parker with first place billing in the Level Seven Open in which she secured a score of 39.5 in front of
Bundaberg pair, Ashleigh Berthelsen and Sophie Oprin.
Level Eight Open pair Chloe Martin (second with 41.75 points) and Imogen Beshaw (third) did themselves proud while Boyne Island Revolution GymSports' Grace Penhaligon finished a place behind in fourth.
Gladstone Gymnastics Club administrator Amy Dew was impressed by how the weekend went for the gymnasts who hit the floor running in the first competition of the year.
"The sportsmanship displayed across all was to be commended and it was inspiring to see a strong standard of skill and routines from all gymnasts and growth of numbers of our higher level competitors," she said.
"Overall the event was a great first competition to kick off the competition season."
The gymnasts will take part in the floor and complex routines on apparatus such as vault, uneven bars and beam over the two days in Brisbane.
The first day will be for individual results and the second day will be used to qualify for a place on the state team to compete at the National Championships hosted in Melbourne during May.
Level 7 Open: Lilly Gibson 1st 39.5
Level 8 Open: Chloe Martin 2nd 41.75; Imogen Beshaw 3rd 40; Grace Penhaligon 4th 39.6
Level 9 Open: Ainsley Graham 5th 38.5
Level 10 Open: Eryn Parker 1st 48.45