NINE-YEAR old tumbler Abbie Beetson is only new to the sport, but is showing enough potential to excite Coral Isles PCYC coach Jenelle Duff.
Beetson cleaned up at the weekend's Central Queensland Invitational in Yeppoon, scoring 57.5 from a possible 60 points to take first place in her division.
It was the level-one gymnast's second competition and she is already hooked.
“It's lots of fun. I like doing my floor routine best, and I'm looking forward to learning some new skills soon.”
Seven-year-old sensation Maddison Morris has been in the sport a little longer, but her rapid rise to level three has impressed her tutors.
Morris said the bars were her favourite apparatus and the toe shoot was her specialty move.
Her 50.25 points was good enough for third place overall.
Level two over-8s winner was Jayde Cockburn with 55.25 points, including two seconds, a first and fifth across the disciplines (vault, bars, beam and floor).
Other placegetters included Grace Voss (third in level one over-7s), Indyanna Bengston (second in level three over-9s) and Charlotte Kurtz with a bronze in the level four under-10s.
Mekkija Blogg just missed a medal, finishing fourth in the under-7 level one category.
Tayla Findlay was unfortunate to be in a hot contest in the over-7s level one, with her awesome score of 55.4 only good enough for sixth.
Competitors travelled from Mackay, Emerald, Moranbah and Gladstone to provide Coral Isle with quality opposition.
Coach Duff said the current crop of seven level-four gymnasts was the best it had been for some time.
“We've got a strong squad at the moment and some great little ones coming through as well,” she said.
Level-four gymnasts Charlotte Kurtz, Bree Meedie, Rebecca Duff and Mikaela Boycon will head to Caloundra for the State Club Championships.
The best in Queensland will compete, but the tournament is also open to all gymnasts.
“I know entrants from Tasmania, Western Australian and all over will be coming. The girls will have to be on their game,” Duff said.