BEAM­ING:

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Na­timuk and Dis­trict Gym­nas­tic Club level-seven gym­nasts, from left, Hai­ley Puls, Kayla Kelm and Brook­lyn Fraser are cel­e­brat­ing achieve­ments at Vic­to­rian tri­als in Mel­bourne. This year marked the first time in 15 years the club had taken a team of girls to the tri­als. Kayla and Hai­ley have qual­i­fied for se­nior Vic­to­rian women’s artis­tic cham­pi­onships next month. Story, page 11. Mean­while, for­mer Na­timuk club gym­nast Ryan Mor­row has qual­i­fied for a South Aus­tralian state team af­ter a three-year break from com­pe­ti­tion.

For­mer Na­timuk and Dis­trict Gym­nas­tic Club mem­ber Ryan Mor­row will com­pete against some of Aus­tralia’s best gym­nasts af­ter qual­i­fy­ing for a South Aus­tralian state team.

Mor­row, who last year re­lo­cated to study at The Univer­sity of Ade­laide, said he was ex­cited about the chal­lenges that lay ahead in the next few months.

“It’s been a goal of mine to be a part of a state team, and I’ve been close to mak­ing it mul­ti­ple times. To fi­nally qual­ify is just a great feel­ing,” he said.

A dec­o­rated ju­nior gym­nast, Mor­row, 20, has not com­peted in the sport for about three years.

Dur­ing his hia­tus, he con­tin­ued to train at the Na­timuk gym and af­ter mov­ing to Ade­laide, quickly found a gym in the city.

“State team se­lec­tion would not have hap­pened with­out the sup­port of ev­ery­one back home over the years,” Mor­row said.

He said he was fo­cused on up­grad­ing his skill level and dif­fi­culty across all ap­pa­ra­tus.

“In par­tic­u­lar, I am aim­ing for floor and vault, where I po­ten­tially have the best chance in com­pe­ti­tion to have an im­pact,” he said.

“Hav­ing these goals to push for will al­low me to re­ally grow and de­velop quickly.

“I can’t wait for the next few months, to have this amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence and op­por­tu­nity to give back to the sport and the peo­ple who have given me so much over the years, in­clud­ing coach mum, Lynette Mor­row.”

Mor­row has al­ready started train­ing with the South Aus­tralian team and will com­pete at Aus­tralian Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne in May.

“I have to thank the Nati gym club and its mem­bers for their on­go­ing sup­port, and for re­ally keep­ing my love in the sport, and my Ade­laide gym club, which has taken me on board and re­ally al­lowed me to con­tinue that pas­sion,” he said.

Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

Ryan Mor­row in flight dur­ing a dis­play at Na­timuk Dis­trict Gym­nas­tic Club last year. Pic­ture: PAUL CARRACHER

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