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The Moss­man & District Gym­nas­tics Club at­tended its first com­pe­ti­tion for the year re­cently, over the Queen’s Birthday long week­end at the 2012 RACQ In­sur­ance North Queens­land Games Mackay Re­gion. Nine clubs were rep­re­sented over the three day comp, dis­play­ing the best North Queens­land has to of­fer in the phys­i­cally de­mand­ing and per­fec­tion­ist sport of gym­nas­tics.

It has been a quiet start to the year as far as com­pe­ti­tions go, how­ever our local gym­nasts had been dili­gently train­ing and hon­ing their skills in prepa­ra­tion for this event, with 8 of our top fe­male gym­nasts willing to make the 6 hour car jour­ney to the event.

“The girls were up against some tough com­pe­ti­tion as many of the other clubs had the lux­ury of train­ing for 9 hours each week,” head coach Sonja Zettl said. “It is an ex­act­ing sport and you only get one chance to get it right on the day.”

Gym mum Erin Frizelle said, “The girls did ex­cep­tion­ally well deal­ing with the stress of travel and strange sur­round­ings, with some even bat­tling a virus which had struck them down just days be­fore, but the girls just got out there and did their thing re­gard­less, not want­ing to miss this amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence.”

From WAG Level 1, new­com­ers Alyssa Heisse and Tori Baird did ex­cep­tion­ally well with Alyssa win­ning 3rd on Vault and 5th on Floor out of 11 girls in the older group and Tori close be­hind with 8th on Beam and 9th on Bars out of 14.

From WAG Level 2, the ex­pe­ri­enced Della Miller and Tali Hoye did not dis­ap­point. Della nailed t plac­ing 2nd on Floor and 3rd on Bars, com­ing 2nd over­all out of 26 com­peti­tors, while Tali won 2nd on Floor in the younger group and 4th on Vault com­ing 8th out of 17. Kahli Frizelle did well for her first ever comp. claim­ing Vault as her strong point with a 5th plac­ing out of 26 girls and hov­er­ing around the mid­dle on the other ap­pa­ra­tus.

From WAG Level 3, Olivia Dol­lard ex­celled, plac­ing 3rd on Floor and 5th on Vault com­ing in 10th out of 32 girls. Shayla and Jac­inta Frizelle, both weak­ened by a virus, strug­gled to meet their usual stan­dards but showed prow­ess on their favourite ap­pa­ra­tus, with Shayla plac­ing 16th on Bars out of 32 and Jac­inta plac­ing 14th on Vault out of 31 in the older group; a tes­ta­ment to their strong de­ter­mi­na­tion and dis­ci­pline in the face of ad­ver­sity.

It was a great ex­pe­ri­ence for all in­volved with fun and friend­ships to be gained along the way. Head coach Sonja Zetti did a re­mark­able job driv­ing to the venue on her own with her young baby and tod­dler and guid­ing her gym­nasts through their rou­tines along with the help of fel­low coach Deanne Hoye. Sonja es­pe­cially ap­pre­ci­ated the help of gym mum Sharon Miller who tire­lessly cared for her two young and very well be­haved chil­dren through­out the event.

Moss­man & District Gym­nas­tics ac­cepts new mem­bers at any time. For new en­rol­ments con­tact the club by call­ing Sonja on 0417 702534, email en­quiries to info@ moss­man­gym­nas­, or visit their web­site at www.moss­man­gym­nas­

Twenty eight ladies played on Thurs­day and win­ners were Denise High­land, Sylvia Pat­ter­son and Dot Slater (2w+24), Ma­ree Crees, Judy Maxwell (2w+15), Joan Day, Ca­role Maxted and Kaye Dean (2w+10). Raf­fle win­ner was Pat from Tas­ma­nia. Con­sis­tency con­tin­ues with Greta Kessler verses Zina Gir­genti with Jan Gard mark­ing, Car­men Bolton verses Maria Mijo with Glenn Lepp mark­ing. So­cial bowls will also be played. Nom­i­na­tions for graded pairs to be in to the games direc­tor by June 28th. Se­lec­tors for this month are Jan Gard and Joan Day.

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