Perth coaches train ju­niors ahead of ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Per­era

Ju­nior gym­nasts with the Kar­ratha Gym­nas­tics Club honed their skills to­wards com­pe­ti­tion level with the help of ex­pert train­ing from two vis­it­ing Perth coaches at the week­end.

Ad­vanced-level gym­nas­tics coaches Becky House and Ja­son Doust spent Satur­day and Sun­day at the Leisure­plex run­ning Kar­ratha Gym­nas­tics Club chil­dren of all lev­els through skills clin­ics on all pieces of ap­pa­ra­tus.

Kar­ratha and other North West clubs hold spe­cialised coach­ing ses­sions an­nu­ally in prepa­ra­tion for ma­jor com­pe­ti­tion the North West Re­gional Cham­pi­onships, which draws par­tic­i­pants from Kar­ratha, Hed­land, Broome and Carnarvon, and will be held in Kar­ratha this year.

Long-term Kar­ratha Gym­nas­tics Club coach co-or­di­na­tor Janet Ni­chol­son said the clin­ics al­lowed lo­cal gym­nasts and coaches to check they were on the right track or if they needed to make ad­just­ments be­fore the tour­na­ment.

“For the coaches, it’s about on­go­ing ed­u­ca­tion and re­in­forc­ing the small things,” she said.

“And for the gym­nasts, they get the ben­e­fit of ad­vanced train­ing and they feel a lit­tle bit special that some­one’s come all the way from Perth to spend time with them.”

Ms House said the clin­ics were about mak­ing sure lo­cal chil­dren were per­form­ing the ba­sics skills cor­rectly so they could build strong rou­tines from there.

The North West Re­gional Cham­pi­onships will be held on July 1-2 and so far have about 170 chil­dren en­rolled to com­pete, in­clud­ing a record 99 from Kar­ratha.

The Kar­ratha club will also hold a mock com­pe­ti­tion to pre­pare its par­tic­i­pants on June 11.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Per­era

Vis­it­ing ad­vanced-level coach Becky House, cen­tre, with Kar­ratha Gym­nas­tics Club mem­bers at the Kar­ratha Leisure­plex.

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