Athletes set for gym nationals
Te Puke is well represented at this week’s New Zealand Gymnastics Championships as 12 local athletes are competing in the Bay of Plenty team.
Te Puke Gymsport coach Pam Walters says the group of athletes is the largest number to come out of the club in recent years, after a 40 per cent growth in the past 12 months.
Eleven girls and one boy make up the team, who are competing in all codes across the competition — aerobics, rhythmic, women’s artistic, men’s artistic and trampoline.
Defending titles will be the challenge for Gemma Gilmore and Sam Eastergaard after they claimed gold medals last year, and the junior international squad is back as the reigning champions for the overall tumbling achievement.
The championships started on October 3 and will run until October 6. ASB Arena is hosting the event and Pam says it is good for the athletes to compete in front of a home crowd.
Amber Trusler is competing in this year's nationals for the Bay of Plenty team.