Performing at their best for mid-island gymnastics champs

Gisborne competitors improve best scores by significant margins.

Gisborne competitors improve best scores by significant margins.

GISBORNE Gymnastics Club competitors improved their best scores by significant margins at the mid-island gymnastics junior and senior championships in Rotorua this month.

The four Gisborne gymnasts performed well in a big entry.

Medals were not awarded at junior level for individual apparatus but club head coach Nicola Ludwig said some of the Gisborne competitors improved their scores by as many as five points, which was “huge”.

In Step 5, Jade Swann was seventh overall in a field of 79 gymnasts. She was fourth on vault, ninth on uneven bars, 11th on beam and equal 10th on floor.

Gabrielle Wong placed 14th overall in Step 5, and was eighth on vault, fifth on uneven bars, 30th on beam and 12th on floor.

Silke McNaught placed 19th overall, and was ninth on vault, 28th on uneven bars, 19th on beam and 17th on floor. She improved from her previous competition by five points.

In Step 4, Gloria Allen placed 13th overall in a field of 60 gymnasts. She was second on vault, 12th on uneven bars, 12th on beam and 16th on floor.

The next event for club members will be the Gisborne boys’ and girls’ gymnastics competition on Saturday and Sunday in the club premises. A field of 124 gymnasts will compete over two days.

This will also be a qualifying event for the national gymnastics championships in Nelson at the beginning of October.

Theodora (Dido) Gotz is coming from Auckland to be the head judge of the competition. Gotz represented New Zealand in gymnastics at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

Ludwig said it would be special for the competitors to have an Olympian presenting their medals.

GISBORNE Gymnastics Club competitors improved their best scores by significant margins at the mid-island gymnastics junior and senior championships in Rotorua this month.

The four Gisborne gymnasts performed well in a big entry.

Medals were not awarded at junior level for individual apparatus but club head coach Nicola Ludwig said some of the Gisborne competitors improved their scores by as many as five points, which was “huge”.

In Step 5, Jade Swann was seventh overall in a field of 79 gymnasts. She was fourth on vault, ninth on uneven bars, 11th on beam and equal 10th on floor.

Gabrielle Wong placed 14th overall in Step 5, and was eighth on vault, fifth on uneven bars, 30th on beam and 12th on floor.

Silke McNaught placed 19th overall, and was ninth on vault, 28th on uneven bars, 19th on beam and 17th on floor. She improved from her previous competition by five points.

In Step 4, Gloria Allen placed 13th overall in a field of 60 gymnasts. She was second on vault, 12th on uneven bars, 12th on beam and 16th on floor.

The next event for club members will be the Gisborne boys’ and girls’ gymnastics competition on Saturday and Sunday in the club premises. A field of 124 gymnasts will compete over two days.

This will also be a qualifying event for the national gymnastics championships in Nelson at the beginning of October.

Theodora (Dido) Gotz is coming from Auckland to be the head judge of the competition. Gotz represented New Zealand in gymnastics at the 1964 Tokyo Olympics in Japan.

Ludwig said it would be special for the competitors to have an Olympian presenting their medals.

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