FOUR gymnasts from North West gymnastics – Chelsea Griffin, Julia Temo, Hunter Langtree and Joac Grobler – recently qualified for September’s State Championships.
All four athletes have dedicated plenty of time this year into practice and competitions, which has seen them rewarded with qualifications.
Competitions at the Leichhardt Gymnastics Club as well as the Hughenden Gymnastics Club and Townsville Gymnastics Club for the Regional Championships has prepared the athletes says North West gymnastics head coach Sally Hollier.
“It’s been an extremely busy schedule for our gymnasts this season and it will all culminate at the junior state championships in September,” she said.
“The championships will be a great experience for all who are attending and all gymnasts are working hard to achieve their personal goals.”
“As it is the last competition of 2014, it will allow us to focus on the upcoming routines and level changes being implemented in 2015.”
Joac, 11, who only started the sport four years ago, will compete in the rings, parallel bars, pommel horse, mushroom, floor, vault and high bars in Brisbane.
“Joac is already at level 3 for the men’s artistic gymnastics and we all have high hopes for him at the state championships,” Hollier said.
Julia (10) and Chelsea (14), along with Joac have also been selected for the North Queensland Regional Team Challenge.
“This will be Chelsea’s second year competing at the state championships after competing at a women’s artistic gymnastics [WAG] level 5 last year,” Hollier said.
“She [Chelsea] has stepped it up and is now at level 6, highlighting the amount of time she has put into training.”
All three girls, Chelsea, Julia and Hunter (11) will compete in four disciplines (uneven bars, beam, floor and vault) in Brisbane.
“These championships have been the main goal for the four athletes all year, especially Chelsea who got a taste last year,” Hollier said. “But as this sport is not seasonal and runs all year, the work doesn’t end for the four after the event.”
The event will run over six days ranging from WAG levels 4-6 and men’s artistic gymnastics (MAG) levels 3-6, as well as the IDP (International Development Program) 3 and 5.