At the gym festival

Fifty years strong.

Fifty years strong.

Phoenix Ngata and Olivia Robinson-Reiri from Gisborne Girls’ High School have a hair-raising moment during their routine at the Tairawhiti School Gymnastics Festival yesterday. Pictures by Paul Rickard
Sisters Karina and Rhiana Jane from Mata School worked well and had fun in duo.
The fancy footwork continued with a choreographed routine from Campion College.
Nuhaka School year 7 student Mya Harris shows focus as she completes the vault.
Gisborne Intermediate student Billie Kahn gets air during a flip from her teammate Shelby Ashwell, as the rest of the rhythmical group look on.
An impressive leg lift from Gisborne Girls’ High School student Hayley Brown and her teammates.

Almost 200 people packed in to the Electrinet Sports Centre for the high-energy final performance last night.

About a third of the audience had participated themselves in the event’s 50-year history.

Sport Gisborne community events adviser Debbie Hutchings said that was the special thing about it.

“This event has gone through generations now.”

Ms Hutchings said the performances over the two-day event were impressive, in particular the rhythmical groups which were “quite phenomenal”.

The gym festival was first held in 1966. One audience member remembered competing in the first event, which used to be held in “dead silence”.

These days, the event is full of music, colour and glamour as 1290 registered East Coast students get to showcase their skills.

Almost 200 people packed in to the Electrinet Sports Centre for the high-energy final performance last night.

About a third of the audience had participated themselves in the event’s 50-year history.

Sport Gisborne community events adviser Debbie Hutchings said that was the special thing about it.

“This event has gone through generations now.”

Ms Hutchings said the performances over the two-day event were impressive, in particular the rhythmical groups which were “quite phenomenal”.

The gym festival was first held in 1966. One audience member remembered competing in the first event, which used to be held in “dead silence”.

These days, the event is full of music, colour and glamour as 1290 registered East Coast students get to showcase their skills.

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