Gymnastics beaming with success

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The Gore Gymnastics Club was successful at the Southland championships this month.

The club sent 12 gymnasts to Invercargill to compete in the championships.

Competition secretary Sonia Morrison said the club did really well.

“In general, we competed really well, considering the size of the club and our training facilities,” Ms Morrison said.

“We sent teams from step 1 to step 4.”

The gymnasts competed as individuals and were also scored as a team.

Ms Morrison said the steps were grades and went as high as step 10. Step 1 was the first competition grade.

Gymnast Annie Moody (9) entered the step 1 competition and was named overall Southland champion for that grade.

She said she really enjoyed herself and her favourite event was the bar.

Bronte MacKereth (9) was named overall Southland champion for step 2.

Bronte was first in the beam and floor and third in the bars, she said.

She really enjoyed the day and said she really loved doing gymnastics.

Bella Moody (9) followed in Bronte’s footsteps, coming second overall in the step 2 competition.

Bella said she came first on the bar, second on the beam and third on the vault, which was her favourite event.

Overall, the step 1 and 2 teams were the highest scoring and were the overall winners.

The step 4 team came second overall.

“They had a few placings. Lucy Morrison came fourth overall in step 4,” Ms Morrison said.

Ms Morrison said the club also attended the South Island championships last month, where they had some success.

“We wanted to thank the MLT for helping us get there. They assisted in the travel and we are extremely grateful for it.

“The girls really enjoyed themselves and they absolutely love competing. The dedication is huge: they train from eight to 12 hours a week and some girls are here training on Sundays.”

Ms Morrison said the club was lacking in coaches and facilities.

“Our dream as a club would be to have our own space built so we could expand and hold numerous classes; we are somewhat limited here.

“We have 50 kids on the waiting list and we would love to let them have the same opportunity as these girls.”

The club had junior coaches and professional coaches.

“We are lucky to have an extremely high calibre of coaching standards, but we are in desperate need of more.”

Ms Morrison said anybody interested should contact Martin MacKereth at martin.Mackereth@sportsouthland.co.nz.