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@ mossmangymnastics.com, or visit their website at www.mossmangymnastics.com
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.