Na­tional bronze for Mor­row

The Weekly Advertiser Horsham - - Sport - BY COLIN MACGILLIVR­AY

Hor­sham gym­nas­tics ex­port Ryan Mor­row be­lieves he has plenty of im­prove­ment ahead of him af­ter medalling at the Aus­tralian Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships for a sec­ond con­sec­u­tive year.

Mor­row, who moved to Ade­laide for study rea­sons, com­peted for South Aus­tralia in the level nine open cat­e­gory at the cham­pi­onships in Mel­bourne at the week­end, af­ter mov­ing up from level eight last year.

Level nine is the third high­est level of com­pe­ti­tion, be­hind only level 10 and se­nior in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion.

The 21-year-old said he was un­sure how he would fare in his first year at level nine stan­dard, but was ec­static af­ter claim­ing a bronze medal for his floor rou­tine.

He was ranked first on floor af­ter the first day of com­pe­ti­tion but was rel­e­gated to equal third af­ter two com­peti­tors over­took his score on the sec­ond day of com­pe­ti­tion on Sun­day.

Mor­row also missed win­ning a bronze medal on rings af­ter fin­ish­ing fourth by 0.05 points, and vault where he was fifth.

“I was pretty stoked to fin­ish third on floor,” he said.

“Given the tough­ness and the close­ness of the com­pe­ti­tion it was a nice sur­prise to place.

“I was sit­ting first place on floor af­ter

day one, but a cou­ple of blokes who had falls cleaned up on day two so they popped in on top.”

Mor­row de­scribed the rest of his day one per­for­mances as a ‘mixed bag’, but said he im­proved on nearly ev­ery ap­pa­ra­tus on day two.

“There were a few per­sonal goals that were nice to hit,” he said.

“It was re­as­sur­ing. My skills weren’t nec­es­sar­ily the hard­est, but ex­e­cu­tion can some­times make up for that.

“Now it’s about try­ing to com­bine the two and up the dif­fi­culty in the next few months, and see where that takes me.”

Mor­row said he would spend at least an­other year com­pet­ing at level nine be­fore mov­ing up again.

“In the lower lev­els it nor­mally takes a year to move up from one level to the next, but in the up­per lev­els you can have peo­ple stay for a num­ber of years on one level,” he said.

“Some­times you can just get stuck at a cer­tain level, be­cause the higher you go and the harder the skills, the longer it takes to de­velop newer and harder skills again.

“Now it’s about clean­ing up and putting in some big­ger skills at level nine, which will be good.”

Mor­row said de­spite now liv­ing in South Aus­tralia, he had plenty of Wim­mera sup­port in the lead up to and dur­ing the cham­pi­onships.

“It was re­ally nice to have a fair show­ing of old Na­timuk and Dis­trict Gym­nas­tic Club fam­i­lies that came down to sup­port me, or even just send good wishes when I was home train­ing,” he said. “It’s spe­cial to have a club that’s a bit of a fam­ily back home, and to have them be­hind me meant a lot.”

ACHIEVEMEN­T: Gym­nast Ryan Mor­row sur­passed his own ex­pec­ta­tions to win a bronze medal for his floor rou­tine at the Aus­tralian Gym­nas­tics Cham­pi­onships on Sun­day. Picture: WADE MOR­ROW

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