Gym­nas­ts do P­lett proud with 5 me­dals

Knysna-Plett Herald - - Sport - Yo­lan­de S­tan­der

P­let­ten­berg Bay is now ho­me to two na­ti­o­nal gym­nas­ti­cs cham­pi­ons fol­lo­wing the cham­pi­ons­hips in P­re­to­ria last week.

Car­men S­wie­gers (16) and Le­o­lin Pe­ter­sen (11), who com­pe­ted in a se­ries of e­vents, are back on ho­me soil with me­dals to spa­re.

Le­o­lin se­cu­red a gold me­dal in the Eu­ro tram­po­li­ne and the dou­ble mi­ni tram­po­li­ne dis­ci­pli­nes, and to top the success off, the young­ster was al­so se­lected to re­pre­sent South A­fri­ca in the in­ter­na­ti­o­nal Re­gi­on 5 com­pe­ti­ti­on to be hos­ted in Na­mi­bia in De­cem­ber t­his ye­ar.

Car­men ca­me ho­me with three me­dals in her age di­vi­si­on: gold for the Eu­ro tram­po­li­ne, sil­ver for the dou­ble mi­ni tram­po­li­ne and bron­ze in the tum­bling dis­ci­pli­ne.

“She re­al­ly did her­self proud – and her ho­me­town too,” said Car­men’s proud mot­her Co­ba S­wie­gers.

Le­o­lin’s mot­her He­len Be­zui­den­hout was al­so e­c­sta­tic. “It shows you that hard work and de­di­ca­ti­on pays off,” she said.

W­hi­le Le­o­lin is al­re­a­dy pre­pa­ring for the De­cem­ber com­pe­ti­ti­on, Car­men said she would be em­bar­king on a “cool do­wn” se­a­son.

“We’ve de­ci­ded not to en­ter the tri­als for the Re­gi­on 5 com­pe­ti­ti­on as she par­ti­ci­pa­ted last ye­ar,” S­wie­gers said.

Car­men com­pe­ted in the Re­gi­on 5 com­pe­ti­ti­on held in Zim­bab­we in De­cem­ber 2016, w­he­re she a­chie­ved a sil­ver me­dal for Eu­ro tram­po­li­ne and a bron­ze for dou­ble mi­ni tram­po­li­ne.

For both athle­tes, obtai­ning success in the s­port has been a chal­len­ging jour­ney in­vol­ving ma­ny sa­cri­fi­ces, in­clu­ding tra­vel­ling to train in Ge­or­ge w­he­re the ne­a­rest gym is lo­ca­ted.

P­ho­to: Sup­p­lied

Le­o­lin Pe­ter­sen, who won two gold me­dals in the na­ti­o­nal con­test last week, will be going to Na­mi­bia in De­cem­ber to ta­ke part in the in­ter­na­ti­o­nal Re­gi­on 5 com­pe­ti­ti­on.

P­ho­to Sup­p­lied

Car­men S­wie­gers ma­na­ged to se­cu­re three me­dals du­ring na­ti­o­nal cham­pi­ons­hips in P­re­to­ria last week.

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