Paddy pow­ers to plac­ings in Nel­son

Dalby Herald - - SPORT - Michael Doyle Michael.Doyle@dal­by­her­ald.com.au

GYM­NAS­TICS: Dalby gym­nast Patrick Rudd has re­turned from New Zealand with a pair of plac­ings at a re­cent event.

The Trans-Tas­man Chal­lenge was held last week­end in Nel­son, with Rudd plac­ing fifth over­all for the event and plac­ing in two ap­pa­ra­tus.

A sec­ond plac­ing in pom­mel and a third in the high bar rounded out a great per­for­mance.

Rudd said he was very pleased with the re­sult.

“I was pretty happy with the per­for­mance last week,” Rudd said.

“I did not have the best prepa­ra­tion so I was happy it all came to­gether.

“I was not ex­pect­ing to achieve these plac­ings.”

Rudd’s coach Niall O’Leary said he was pleased with his gym­nast’s per­for­mance over the two-day com­pe­ti­tion.

“Any of the boys who are able to get a re­sult while rep­re­sent­ing Aus­tralia is a great achieve­ment,” O’Leary said.

“Paddy per­formed well in the Level Nine cat­e­gory, and to be fifth over­all is a great re­sult.”

Rudd said he is now into his off-sea­son, with no more com­pe­ti­tions left for the year.

He is fo­cus­ing on be­ing graded to a Level 10 gym­nast next year, the high­est grad­ing achiev­able.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

FLY­ING HIGH: Patrick Rudd (right) with team­mates Brodie Chaf­fey and Kip­ngetich Ke­mei in New Zealand.

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