Gymnasts from the Gymfinity Club are in Brisbane for the junior artistic gymnastic championships.
Gymnasts from the Gymfinity Club are in Brisbane for the junior artistic gymnastic championships. Contributed

Juniors compete at state titles

GYMNASTICS: It will be a busy few days for Bundaberg gymnasts, as they battle the best from around the state.

Yesterday the artistic gymnastics state championships started in Brisbane with both the Bundaberg PCYC and Gymfinity sending strong squads down for the three-day event.

Consisting of level four, five, and six juniors, Gymfinity sent 12 athletes with Bundaberg PCYC sending seven to the event.

While both organisations could have sent more, a combination of injuries and other events forced the teams to settle on those numbers.

Talking about the event Bundaberg PCYC gymnastics co-ordinator Amanda McManus said the team had worked hard to get there.

"All of our competitors have been here every session, which is good to see,” she said.

"They are all in good spirits and are ready to go.”

For a lot of them it will be their first time at the state championships.

McManus said with plenty of nerves expected their would be no pressure from the club about how they do.

"It's hard, their results could go either way because of the big event,” she said.

"If they can get into the top 15 overall in their level then that would be a great achievement for us.”

From Gymfinity's point of view, they believe some of their athletes could medal in their individual apparatuses.

Director and coach Tony Hogan said his athletes are good enough to do it.

"Our juniors have done enough training to be up there to win medals,” he said.

"There is also high expectations that a couple of juniors could get into the top ten overall.”

Once the state titles are finished tomorrow, the focus will turn to the regionals, with athletes from both clubs competing for Central Queensland.

They will compete with seven other Queensland regions, including Brisbane and the Gold Coast, to be the best region in the state.

All the action resumes today at 8am at the Sleeman Sport Complex in Chandler.



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