Three on road to Glas­gow

Auckland City Harbour News - - NEWS - By BEN ROGERS

TRI-STAR Gym­nas­tics in Mt Roskill has a knack for churn­ing out New Zealand rep­re­sen­ta­tive gym­nasts.

Three of the gym’s mem­bers have just been named in the men’s artis­tic team trav­el­ling to Glas­gow for the Com­mon­wealth Games.

Reid McGowan, Matt Palmer and David Bishop will all don the sil­ver fern as part of a five-man team.

‘‘It’s a life­long dream, since I was a kid I al­ways wanted to have that on my CV. It’s ful­fil­ment, it’s good,’’ McGowan, 21, says.

For 28-year-old Palmer it is his sec­ond Com­mon­wealth Games af­ter the 2010 event in Delhi.

‘‘I def­i­nitely want to make the rings fi­nal, I have that ex­pec­ta­tion on my­self af­ter miss­ing out last time,’’ he says.

‘‘And I want to push for a medal, if I can sort out my rou­tine I think I’m a medal prospect.

‘‘It was al­ways a dream to go but be­ing my sec­ond one this is more of a priv­i­lege.’’

Af­ter tri­alling over the course of two events in­clud­ing some suc­cess at the Aus­tralian na­tion­als the men’s team looks on form for a podium fin­ish.

The Bri­tish com­peti­tors will be their tough­est op­po­si­tion with the Great Bri­tain team win­ning the bronze at Lon­don 2012, McGowan says.

The Western Springs res­i­dent was an en­er­getic child and started gym­nas­tics when he was 4.

‘‘I was a pretty crazy lit­tle kid, I would drive my mum up the wall. I needed a re­lease and she took me to gym­nas­tics from a young age and I just loved it.’’

His spe­cial­ity is pom­mel horse which is one of the most dif­fi­cult and de­mand­ing dis­ci­plines in the men’s artis­tic com­pe­ti­tion.

Palmer prefers the rings and hopes to deliver a rou­tine with a very high level of dif­fi­culty.

The New Zealand men’s team will take part in a 10-day camp in Es­sex in the lead-up to the games which kick off on July 24.

To­mor­row the Tri Star Club will be hold­ing a fundrais­ing event to raise money to­wards the trip. There will be fun and games for all the fam­ily and the boys will be per­form­ing their rou­tines for the crowd.

Glas­gow bound: Matt Palmer, Reid McGowan and David Bishop.

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