Ath­letes set for gym na­tion­als

Te Puke Times - - SPORT - By AMY DI­A­MOND

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.

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