Hun­dreds of gym­nasts com­pete for cham­pi­onship

Pilbara News - - Sport - Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha Leisure­plex hosted hun­dreds of gym­nasts at the week­end when the North West Re­gional Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships came to town.

About 190 ju­nior gym­nasts from Kar­ratha, Port Hed­land, Broome and Carnar­von, rang­ing in skill lev­els from one to eight, com­peted in this year’s cham­pi­onships.

The an­nual event be­gan with an of­fi­cial open­ing cer­e­mony on Satur­day morn­ing, com­plete with Tan­giora Hi­naki singing the na­tional an­them, judges and ath­letes tak­ing oaths and City of Kar­ratha club de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Natalie May declar­ing the event open. The tour­na­ment was months in the works for the North West Re­gional Gym­nas­tics As­so­ci­a­tion and Kar­ratha Gym­nas­tics Club, which had 98 mem­bers tak­ing part.

Pres­i­dent Dorothea Lloyd said the skill and ded­i­ca­tion from all lev­els of gym­nasts had been im­pres­sive.

“I think all clubs have per­formed amaz­ingly,” she said. “The skill level is very high. “Es­pe­cially the Kar­ratha ones, the girls (for whom this is) their first-time com­pe­ti­tion in­vite, start­ing from level one, they scored quite well, and then even going up to the big­ger girls, they’re all quite proud of them­selves and that re­flects on the scores.”

North West Re­gional Gym­nas­tics As­so­ci­a­tion ad­min­is­tra­tor He­len West­ley said it was good to see strong num­bers at the cham­pi­onships, show­ing gym­nas­tics was pop­u­lar in the re­gion.

She said for only the sec­ond yea,r this year’s event in­clude dtum­bling as well as men’s and women’s artis­tic gym­nas­tics.

“We in­tro­duced tum­bling last year,” she said. “It was a huge hit and a lot of fun for the kids.”

“When they’re do­ing their artis­tic gym­nas­tics com­pe­ti­tion they can only do those skills. Tum­bling gives them flex­i­bil­ity and another di­men­sion for their com­pe­ti­tion.”

The re­gional cham­pi­onships is one of two events held by NWRGA each year, with the other be­ing the North West In­vi­ta­tional in Broome in Septem­ber.

Pic­ture: Ali­cia Perera

Kar­ratha gym­nast Mya Kjell­gren, 13, com­petes on par­al­lel bars.

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