Club nurturing the next generation

BEAM PRACTICE: Jade Swann (left) and Lauren Chambers practise on the beam as they prepare for the national gymnastics championships in Nelson in seven weeks. They went through their routines at the Auckland Manukau championships this month. Picture by Paul Rickard

GISBORNE Gymnastics Club is nurturing a new generation of gymnasts.

Many of the club’s senior gymnasts finished school last year and had gone on to further education, head coach Nicola Ludwig said.

“Suddenly we had no seniors left and our young gymnasts faced the challenge of being role models in the club for over 60 girls starting up in competitive gymnastics,” she said.

“Luckily, several of our former competitive gymnasts — such as Keely Phillips, who was national champion on uneven bars and all-round national champion in 2014, and Amber Kingsbeer, national champion on uneven bars in 2012 — are still around coaching the kids.

“The club can be very proud to have these dedicated young people around.

“At this point our highest step is 5, out of 10, and we have four gymnasts in Step 5.

“One of them had an unfortunate injury and can’t compete at the moment, but was certainly on track to be one of four chosen gymnasts from Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay. Nevertheless, Gisborne gymnasts took two of the precious spots to compete at national championships in Nelson in seven weeks.

“Lauren Chambers, a sparky 11-year-old girl from Wainui Beach School, and Jade Swann, also 11, from Campion College, will represent Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay in artistic gymnastics.”

They performed their routines at the Auckland Manukau championships this month, Ludwig said.

It was a tough competition, and Auckland dominated, but both Gisborne gymnasts showed consistency in their performances.

“Jade’s best apparatus was vault, where she placed fifth overall,” Ludwig said.

“She was ninth overall on uneven bars.

“Lauren was ninth on beam and 11th on uneven bars and floor.

“Their very modern dance on the floor caused a wee bit of discussion among the judges.

“We’ve made some minor alterations this week to suit the more mature generation of judges and their taste, and we hope this will make the girls’ scores go up a few points when it really counts.”

GISBORNE Gymnastics Club is nurturing a new generation of gymnasts.

Many of the club’s senior gymnasts finished school last year and had gone on to further education, head coach Nicola Ludwig said.

“Suddenly we had no seniors left and our young gymnasts faced the challenge of being role models in the club for over 60 girls starting up in competitive gymnastics,” she said.

“Luckily, several of our former competitive gymnasts — such as Keely Phillips, who was national champion on uneven bars and all-round national champion in 2014, and Amber Kingsbeer, national champion on uneven bars in 2012 — are still around coaching the kids.

“The club can be very proud to have these dedicated young people around.

“At this point our highest step is 5, out of 10, and we have four gymnasts in Step 5.

“One of them had an unfortunate injury and can’t compete at the moment, but was certainly on track to be one of four chosen gymnasts from Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay. Nevertheless, Gisborne gymnasts took two of the precious spots to compete at national championships in Nelson in seven weeks.

“Lauren Chambers, a sparky 11-year-old girl from Wainui Beach School, and Jade Swann, also 11, from Campion College, will represent Gisborne and Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay in artistic gymnastics.”

They performed their routines at the Auckland Manukau championships this month, Ludwig said.

It was a tough competition, and Auckland dominated, but both Gisborne gymnasts showed consistency in their performances.

“Jade’s best apparatus was vault, where she placed fifth overall,” Ludwig said.

“She was ninth overall on uneven bars.

“Lauren was ninth on beam and 11th on uneven bars and floor.

“Their very modern dance on the floor caused a wee bit of discussion among the judges.

“We’ve made some minor alterations this week to suit the more mature generation of judges and their taste, and we hope this will make the girls’ scores go up a few points when it really counts.”

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