Jessie wins grade

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By AN­DREA O’NEIL

Seven­teen hours of train­ing per week have paid off for five gym­nasts from Tawa’s Bi­gair gym who have re­turned from na­tion­als with their heads held high.

The Twisters squad com­peted against the coun­try’s best women’s artis­tic gym­nasts at the Na­tional Gym­sports Cham-

in Blen­heim pi­o­nships month.

Chur­ton Park girl Jessie Mok, 13, came first in her grade, step 6, for bar and third over­all. She was tied fourth for beam work with fel­low Twis­ter, Lower Hutt’s Jade Maresca, 13.

The other Twisters, Whitby’s Jes­sica Ea­gle, 12, John­sonville’s Am­ber­leigh Le­ung, 11, and

last Tawa’s Madi­son Wil­son, 10, showed their prow­ess in the four ap­pa­ra­tus; beam, bar, vault and floor.

‘‘They did re­ally well,’’ coach Car­ley Ri­ach says. ‘‘It’s a very, very in­tense sport.’’

The girls will get a short rest pe­riod over Christ­mas but are aim­ing to go up a step for next year’s na­tion­als, Ri­ach says.

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