Girls raise the bar in gym­nas­tics

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Hor­sham’s Kayla Kelm and Hai­ley Puls have qual­i­fied for Women’s Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics Se­nior Vic­to­rian Cham­pi­onships af­ter win­ning se­lec­tion against tough com­pe­ti­tion at a trial in Mel­bourne.

The Na­timuk and Dis­trict Gym­nas­tic Club na­tional level-seven girls will now com­pete against the state’s elite at Mel­bourne Sports and Aquatic Cen­tre next month.

Kelm com­peted in an un­der-14 age cat­e­gory, while Puls and team­mate Brook­lyn Fraser, of Na­timuk, com­peted in an open sec­tion. Kelm placed first on vault. Na­timuk head coach Lynette Mor­row praised the girls for their com­mit­ment to the sport, which she said re­quired hours of train­ing to be com­pet­i­tive.

She said this was the first time in about 15 years the club had taken a team of girls to Vic­to­rian tri­als.

“Our club tran­si­tioned from a state pro­gram to a na­tional pro­gram about three years ago,” she said.

“This lifted the stan­dard of gym­nas­tics across the re­gion and opened up more op­por­tu­ni­ties for our girls in the club.

“At level seven, Hai­ley, Kayla and Brook­lyn com­peted against some of the best se­nior gym­nasts in the state.

“They should be ex­tremely proud of their achieve­ments – I am.”

Mor­row said the girls put in many hours of train­ing, but not as many as their city com­peti­tors.

“The girls put a lot of time and ef­fort into their train­ing, and their skill level is a tes­ta­ment to their ded­i­ca­tion,” she said.

“I know they do not do as many hours as other clubs de­mand at that level, but the re­sults speak for them­selves.

“The girls have re­ally ex­cit­ing.”

Kelm placed first on vault, fifth qual­i­fied. It’s on beam, sev­enth on ninth on un­even bars.

Puls fin­ished fifth on beam, sixth on vault, eighth on floor and 18th on un­even bars, while Fraser was con­sis­tent across all ap­pa­ra­tus, fin­ish­ing 14th on un­even bars, 15th on floor, 17th on beam and 18th on vault.

“The girls were fan­tas­tic, and now we need to lift for the cham­pi­onships,” Mor­row said.

The se­nior Vic­to­rian cham­pi­onships run across three days, from April 27. floor and

“Our club tran­si­tioned from a state pro­gram to a na­tional pro­gram about three years ago. This lifted the stan­dard of gym­nas­tics across the re­gion” – Lynette Mor­row

STEP UP: Na­timuk and Dis­trict Gym­nas­tic Club gym­nasts, from left, Hai­ley Puls, Brook­lyn Fraser and Kayla Kelm com­peted in na­tional level-seven state tri­als ear­lier this month. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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