Train­ing pays off for TA’s young gym­nasts

Erick­sen, Chisholm to rep­re­sent Waikato at na­tion­als

Te Awamutu Courier - - News -

End­less hours of ded­i­cated train­ing has paid off big-time for Te Awa­mutu se­nior gym­nasts Josh Chisholm and Dy­lan Erick­sen who have been se­lected to rep­re­sent Waikato at the 2018 New Zealand Na­tional Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships.

One of their coaches, Leanne Robin­son, will ac­com­pany them as as­sis­tant coach for the men’s artis­tic gym­nas­tics team.

Chisholm and Erick­sen have had strong sea­sons achiev­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion for the men’s team at Level 4.

They will join nine other Level 4 boys in the 17 strong Waikato MAG team at the champs be­ing held at Bay Park, Mt Maun­ganui from Oc­to­ber 3-6.

Achiev­ing qual­i­fi­ca­tion in­cluded five week­ends away at com­pe­ti­tions and meet­ing the stan­dard set by the provin­cial se­lec­tion com­mit­tee, fol­lowed by ap­proval from the na­tional com­mit­tee.

Un­der coaches Robin­son and Colleen Cad­man, the boys have worked hard on fit­ness, strength and tech­ni­cal com­po­nents for all of the ap­pa­ra­tus they are re­quired to com­pete on, in­clud­ing high bar, rings, par­al­lel bars, pom­mel, floor and vault.

Train­ing in­volves at least six hours a week at the gym all year round, in­clud­ing dur­ing the school hol­i­day breaks.

Up­com­ing fundrais­ing events to sup­port the boys in their na­tion­als jour­ney in­cludes raf­fles and a cake stall at a Garage Sale on Satur­day, Septem­ber 15 at 61 Beechey St, Piron­gia from 8.30am, along with Whit­taker’s chocolate sales. More events will be ad­ver­tised on the Te Awa­mutu GymS­ports Face­book page as dates get con­firmed.

The ju­nior gym­nas­tics sea­son is now wind­ing down fol­low­ing the Mid­lands Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Ro­torua at the week­end. Com­peti­tors from all over the Mid­lands Re­gions (Waikato, Bay of Plenty, Taranaki) com­pete for re­gional ti­tles.

The Te Awa­mutu team pro­duced out­stand­ing re­sults, post­ing per­sonal bests and podium fin­ishes.

Step three com­peti­tor Sasha Huggett placed se­cond on the vault and third over­all. Step one (un­ders) con­tes­tant Bay­ley Dud­son placed first on the vault, third on beam and fourth over­all. Wil­low Parker placed third on the floor.

Waikato gym­nas­tics rep­re­sen­ta­tives Dy­lan Erick­sen (left) and Joshua Chisholm.

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Te Awa­mutu step three gym­nast Sasha Huggett with her cer­tifi­cates for plac­ing third at the Mid­lands Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Ro­torua.

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Step One Te Awa­mutu gym­nasts Bay­ley Dud­son (left) and Wil­low Parker with their cer­tifi­cates from the Mid­lands Ju­nior Cham­pi­onships in Ro­torua.

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