Tawa gym­nasts make the grade

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By RHI­AN­NON McCONNELLL

Prac­tis­ing 16 hours a week has paid off for seven young Tawa gym­nasts.

It’s the first year all seven Twisters have been cho­sen to rep­re­sent Wellington in the na­tional gym­sports cham­pi­onships.

Head coach Cat Di­a­mond said be­ing cho­sen for the na­tion­als in Auck­land next month was a big suc­cess for the girls, who are aged be­tween 10 and 15.

‘‘We’ve never had 100 per cent of our girls cho­sen be­fore,’’ she said. ‘‘The girls train be­tween 12 and 16 hours a week, so it’s to­tal ded­i­ca­tion on their part. It’s like their home away from home.’’

Be­ing cho­sen came after a suc­cess­ful sea­son be­tween May and Septem­ber.

‘‘ It’s down to con­sis­tency of coach­ing, at­ti­tude to train­ing and belief in them­selves,’’ Di­a­mond said.

The girls, who train at the Big Air gym in Tawa, make up nearly half the 16 Wellington gym­nasts cho­sen.

Ad­ven­ture School pupil Elen Thomas, 12, made it to na­tion­als for the first time last year, and said they wanted to bring home some medals.

‘‘We don’t want to stop and we keep get­ting bet­ter,’’ she said.

Elen fol­lowed her sis­ter into the sport six year ago.

‘‘I like the leo­tards and I like get­ting bet­ter ... ’’

The cham­pi­onships take place from Oc­to­ber 7 till 11.

Photo: RHI­AN­NON McCON­NELL

Top team: Top from left, Phae­dra Chin, 11, Jessica Ea­gle, 14, and Sarah Jen­nings, 10. Bot­tom from left, Jessie Mok, 15, and Am­ber­leigh Le­ung, 13. Front, Elen Thomas, 12. Miss­ing, Des­tiny Bar­ri­bell-Har­ri­son, 11.

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