Chil­dren jump into gym­nas­tics

Matamata Chronicle - - Sport - By TERESA RAM­SEY

Hun­dreds of Mata­mata-Pi­ako pri­mary school chil­dren gave gym­nas­tics a go at the Gym­sports Fes­ti­val at the Mor­rinsville Events Cen­tre.

Ki­wiS­port Gym­sport Waikato Fes­ti­val co-or­di­na­tor Haidee Farmilo said there were 350 chil­dren at the event, up from 200 last year. Six­teen schools from the Mata­mata- Pi­ako dis­trict par­tic­i­pated in the na­tion­wide pro­gramme, she said.

‘‘The time-ta­ble is a piece of art work,’’ she said.

Mor­rinsville Col­lege gym­nas­tics stu­dents were judges on the day, which in­cluded artis­tic gym­nas­tics, such as vault, floor and beam, tram­po­line, rhyth­mic gym­nas­tics such as cheer-lead­ing, aer­o­bics and hip hop, per­for­mances.

Farmilo said she had vis­ited the schools to show stu­dents the rou­tines be­fore the event, with a DVD and gym­sports man­ual of­fered to schools for a small fee.

The Pi­ako Gym­nas­tics Club or­gan­ised the equip­ment and vol­un­teers for the fes­ti­val, with Sport­sforce Gym­sports help­ing to li­aise the event.

Sport­sforce Waikato de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Mar­garet Wil­ton said gym­nas­tics was a move­ment­based sport that taught chil­dren fun­da­men­tal skills.

‘‘The kids can come to gain and prac­tise th­ese skills and that will help them for all sports,’’ she said.

It is the sixth year the gym­sport fes­ti­val has been run for Mata­mata-Pi­ako schools.

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Pho­tos: TERESA RAM­SEY

BAL­ANC­ING ACT: Zoey Fan­nin, 7, from Mata­mata Pri­mary School prac­tices on the low beam.

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