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WAG Regional Challenge at Launceston PCYC.
A great day of friendly competition, full report, photos and results...
Sunday the 10th of November saw the North take on the South in Level 1-3. Competition was very tight in State Level 1 with the Northern team (Zodiacs, Launceston PCYC) taking out the title over the Southern team (Clarence, Hobart Gymnastics Academy) by less than half a point! (165.00 to 164.55).
The National 1 competition was won by the South with girls from Clarence and HGA
State Level 2 was won by the Northern team (Zodiacs, Launceston PCYC) with the Southern girls (HGA, Clarence) competing very well. Samara Cox from Zodiacs having a dominant competition, winning by over 3 points.
The National 2 team event was taken out by the South with girls from HGA and Kingborough Gymnastics.
State Level 3 again saw an incredibly tight competition between the North (Launceston PCYC, Zodiacs, Devonport) and South (Clarence, HGA) with less than a point separating the two teams. The Northern girls eventually taking out the title in State Level 3.
National Level 3 saw a convincing win by the Southern team (Kingborough, HGA) over the North (Launceston PCYC, Riverside, Devonport) with an outstanding performance from Lilly Schueker-Rush of Kingborough Gymnastics.
Great support was received for the girls (who all performed fantastically) from the packed out crowd that gathered all day. Thank you to all judges, coaches, gymnasts and supporters for a great competition.
Tasmania's Trampoline stars show off to the World!!
Determination and resilience in Sofia ensure success and a long future for Trampoline stars!!!
Tasmanian Trampolinists have well and truly made their mark on the interernational stage at the 29th World Championships and the 22nd World Age Group Competition in Sofia, Bulgaria last month.
Jack Penny and Ben Kelly participated in a 5-day training camp at the Gillingham Jumpers Centre prior to the World Championships. Gillingham is a centre that has been host to the Australian Team in the past, including the 2008 Cup of Flander club tour which Jack and Ben were also part of. Unfortunately, on day two of the camp, Jack sustained an injury which would prove to be debilitating to his World Championships campaign. Whilst performing his voluntary routine, Jack clipped the safety platform on the last skill which rolled his ankle underneath his body weight straining his ligaments. Team physiotherapist, Russell Henry treated Jack's injury leading up to the competition and Jack was determined and courageous each day where he would attempt training practicing his basic skills as well as conditioning activities to keep him in peak physical condition for the big event. Jack was also very proactive mentally, using visualisation techniques as well as performing video analysis of his own work to keep on top of the situation.
Unfortunately the damage to the ankle was too great effecting his stability and safety which forced the coaching staff to make the very difficult decision to withdraw Jack from the competition only minutes before it was his turn to compete. Quite obviously this was a devastating outcome for Jack, but not totally unexpected given the tenderness and weakness in his ankle he had been experiencing the week leading into the event. Nevertheless, the Australian Team soldiered on resulting in the two solid routines from each of the remaining members of the team to earn Australia a position in the final round of the team's event competition. Only five federations compete in the team final at World Championships and this was the first time in 19 years that Australia had earnt such a position. Although it was unfortunate Jack did not compete in the preliminary round of competition, head coach Brett Austine believes that Jack was an integral part of the team who contributed to the end result. Brett told Jack he was without a doubt one of the most prepared members of the team and had shown striking improvement in technique, confidence, and time of flight since the training camp in Newcastle 6-weeks prior. Brett has commented that Jack had an immediate and positive effect on the team on the first two days of training in Gillingham which raised the standard of the his three team mates. The Australian team performed outstandingly in the team final, finishing with the bronze medal for Australia. This was the first teams medal for Australia since the Australian men's team won the silver medal to the Soviet Union in Osaka in 1984. Coincidently, Brett Austine was a member of this1984 team making the victory even more special for the Australian quintet.
The 22nd World Age Group Competition kicked off upon completion of the senior events with three Tasmanian trampoline gymnasts representing Australia, including Apex member, Hugh McConnell and Launceston gymnasts Makonnen Brown and Josh Hedley-Williams. On the first day of competition, Makonnen and Hugh competed in the 15-16 Men's Double-Mini event. Makonnen made his World Championship debut by completing two new passes displaying confidence and steadiness to finish in 17th position only 1.2 points away from the final 8! In the same event, Hugh performed a personal best score of 69.0 qualifying for the final round in 7th place. Hugh stepped up to the challenge in the "zero-start" final round of competition to show off two steady finals passes which both himself and training partner Damien Axelsen had been working consistently before departure. The hard work and training on these new passes paid off with Hugh winning the bronze medal. Hugh is the first Tasmanian trampolinist to win a World Age Group medal with this being an extra special win for his coach Ben Kelly, who won the same medal 21 years earlier in Auckland. Hugh and his synchronised partner, Dominic Clarke from NSW qualified 2nd in the synchronised event, however, unfortunately struggled in the final round with Hugh hitting the safety pads on the first skill, leaving them in 8th position. Although disappointing, 8th position is still an incredible result and the potential is yet to be realised for this rising duo. Last but not least, Josh competed on the final day of competition, training diligantly all week in the training hall waiting for his turn to step up to the plate to show the world exactly why he had travelled to Bulgaria. Josh competed two solid passes in the 13-14 years men's event in his international debut finishing in 16th position. Josh's display of patience leading into his event was admirable and humbling as he supported his team mates in the process.
We would like to congratulate Jack, Hugh, Makonnen, and Josh for courageous and impressive efforts at these World Championships. All four athletes are wonderful role models for the community with their displays of determination, confidence and resilience, not only in competition but in preparation and training also. The future is bright for all four young men and we wish them all the best in 2014!
MAG Australian Open Levels Tour to New Zealand
Congratulations to Daniel, Matthew & Kodee on your successful trip to New Zealand!!
Following Tasmania’s men’s gymnastics team’s success at the 2013 Australian Championships, three from the team were selected as
part of the Australian Open Levels Tour Team. Matthew Rose was
selected as part of the level 7 team,Daniel Bell as part of the level 8
team and Kodee Voss as the level 8 team coach. The Open Levels
Tour was to the New Zealand National Championships and went for 7 days. Tasmania was one
of three states represented on the team(NewSouth Wales and Queensland made up the
rest of the team). The New Zealand National Championships was held at Napier in Hawkes
Bay which is on the East Coast of the North Island. Three levels were represented on the
tour; level 7, 8 & 9.
The following formed the level 7 team: Jack Glendenning, Jack Rowell, Jesse Softley and
Matthew Rose, with Miles Cronin as the level 7 coach. Level 8 team: Hayden Greenbough,
Daniel Bell, Jae Nagal and Rhygan Werret, with Kodee as coach. Level 9 team: Jay Perry,
Dylan Konners, Josh Chambers and Hugh Gabour with Michael Donnet as coach.
The Head Coach for the trip was Martin Shields. For Matthew this was his first international
event. Matthew put forward clean routines across, floor, rings, vault and high bar.
Unfortunately making a mistake on both pommel and parallel bars. Matthew finished in 6th
place overall. Matthew was tied with one of his team mates for a spot in high bar finals but
after a tie break was not able to compete on high bar on the second day. Matthew did an
excellent job learning to compete at such a big event. The level 7 team finished in 2nd.
In the Trans-Tasman. This was Daniel’s second international event for the year after making
the Las Vegas Open Levels Tour Team for 2013/13. Daniel has a solid first day competing
great routines across all apparatus, which saw him finish in first place. This is a Great
achievement for Daniel! He was also the only Australian to qualify for all six apparatus.
Daniel backed up the first day of completion on the second, competing just as well,
unfortunately in the pommel final he had a fall. Daniel placed 2nd on floor and rings,
3rd on vault and 1st on parallel bars and high bar!
The level 8 team finished 1st in the Trans-Tasman as did the level 9 team. Well done to Matthew,
Daniel and Kodee on such a successful trip. Both Matt and Dan competed so well making
Australia and Tasmania very proud. Good luck to the boys in their preparation for the 2014
WAG Northern Regionals
Full report, photos and results...
Sunday 15th September saw 33 eager State and National Level 1 WAG gymnasts converge on PCYC Launceston to compete in the WAG Northern Regionals. Although the air was a little chilly, the enthusiasm radiating from the girls was contagious and the capacity crowd cheered them on as they rotated through the apparatus – floor, beam, bars and vault.Gymnasts from Devonport Gymnastics Club, Riverside Gymnastics Club, Zodiacs Gymnastics Club and PCYC Launceston Gymnastics Club competed in State Level 1-3 and National Level 1 & 3 events, to determine individual placings in all apparatus and overall. The competition also included a team event in each level, with 6 gymnasts per team, and the top 3 overall gymnasts scores counting towards the Overall Champion Team.
The day continued with 30 State Level 2s competing for individual and team titles. Once again strong numbers in this event means that Gymnastics is alive and kicking in the North of the State!
The final session of the day included the State Level 3 and National Level 3 gymnasts. 20 girls twisted, twirled, jumped and cartwheeled their way through routines for individual and team medals as well as a chance to grade the level they were competing.
The day’s competition was also a lead up to the Regional Challenge and a chance to be selected as part of the Northern Team to compete against the South of the State on Sunday 17th November at PCYC Launceston. Teams will compete in Level 1 – 3 both State and National.
Congratulations to the following athletes for being selected as part of the Northern Team:
State Level 1: Olivia Williams (Zodiacs), Emily Hilder (Zodiacs), Libby Kay (PCYC Ltn), Anna De Santis, Aston Taylor (Zodiacs) and Esther North (PCYC Launceston)
National Level 1: Olivia Harding (Devonport)
State Level 2: Samara Cox (Zodiacs), Sassafras Coulson (PCYC Ltn), Tylani Opatha (Zodiacs), Jade Freeman (PCYC Ltn), Jessica Bugg (Zodiacs), Caitlin Broxam (Zodiacs)
State Level 3: Lillian Gates (Zodiacs), Briar Marshall (PCYC Ltn), Jade Russell (Zodiacs), Jenna Williams (PCYC Ltn), Tori Stingel (Riverside), Eleanor Ivery (PCYC Ltn)
National Level 3: Eleanor Hodkinson (Devonport), Chelsea Hughes (PCYC Ltn), Meredith Irving (PCYC Ltn)
State Level 1 Individual
Overall – Olivia Williams
Vault – Olivia Williams
Bars – Vaila Brewer
Beam – Lilly Slater
Floor – Olivia Williams
National Level 1 Individual
Overall - Olivia Harding
Vault – Olivia Harding
Bars – Olivia Harding
Beam – Olivia Harding
Floor – Olivia Harding
State Level 1 Teams
1st – Zodiacs Red
2nd – PCYC Ltn Gold
3rd – PCYC Ltn Blue
Results - State Level 2:
State Level 2 Individual
Overall – Samara Cox
Vault – Taima Learmont
Bars – Samara Cox
Beam – Samara Cox
Floor – Jessica Bugg
State Level 2 Teams
1st – Zodiacs Gold
2nd – PCYC Ltn Gold
3rd – PCYC Ltn Blue
State Level 3 Individual
Overall – Lillian Gates
Vault – Jenna Williams
Bars – Briar Marshall
Beam – Lillian Gates
Floor – Jade Russell
National Level 3
Overall – Eleanor Hodgkinson
Vault – Chelsea Hughes
Bars – Eleanor Hodgkinson
Beam – Meredith Irving
Floor – Chelsea Hughes
State Level 3 Teams
1st – PCYC Launceston
2nd – Riverside
3rd – Devonport
Congratulations to all who participated and to the audience for their cheering and enthusiasm aiding the gymnasts to show us their best performances on the day!
Trampoline State Levels Championships
Full Report, photos and results
The weekend of the 31/8-1/9 saw the State Level Trampoline Championships held at PCYC Launceston. Gymnasts from Apex Trampoline Club, Eastside Activity Centre, Hobart Gymnastics Academy, Kingborough Gymnastics Club and PCYC Launceston competed in Level 3 to Level 10 events in Individual Trampoline, Double-mini Trampoline, Tumbling and Synchronised Trampoline. The competition showcased the top trampoline gymnasts in Tasmania, with performances across the all levels showing that the sport is gaining in strength across all the four disciplines. The annual trophies were also presented at these Championships. A year of fantastic performances by talented athletes.
Saturday kicked off with the Level 5-10 events. After some close competition in many events, the results were tallied and winners announced.
State Champion Level 5 Mens Trampoline – Lachlan Hilder (PCYC Ltn)
State Champion Level 5 Womens Trampoline – Maddison Muir (Apex)
State Champion Level 6 Mens Trampoline – Dylan Hill (PCYC Ltn)
State Champion Level 6 Womens Trampoline – Rona Hunter (KSC)
State Champion Level 7 Mens Trampoline – Joshua Hedley-Williams (PCYC Ltn)
State Champion Level 7 Womens Trampoline – Rose Bowerman (Apex)
State Champion Level 8 Mens Trampoline – Makonnen Brown (PCYC Ltn)
State Champion Level 9-10 Mens Trampoline – Hugh McConnell (Apex)
State Champion Level 5 Mens Double-mini Trampoline – Lachlan Hilder (PCYC Ltn)
State Champion Level 5 Womens Double-mini Trampoline – Mikaela Lunn (EAC)
State Champion Level 6 Mens Double-mini Trampoline – Matthew French (KSC)
State Champion Level 6 Womens Double-mini Trampoline – Caitlin Eaton (KSC)
State Champion Level 7 Mens Double-mini Trampoline – Joshua Hedley Williams (PCYC Ltn)
State Champion Level 7 Womens Double-mini Trampoline – Blair Kirkpatrick (PCYC Ltn)
State Champion Level 8 Mens Double-mini Trampoline – Hugh McConnell (Apex)
State Champion Level 9-10 Mens Double-mini Trampoline – Damien Axelsen (Apex)
State Champions Level 5 Synchronised Trampoline – Kara Lawler/Michaela Lunn (EAC)
State Champions Level 6 Synchronised Trampoline – Maddy Lohrey/Rona Hunter (KSC)
State Champions Level 7-10 Synchronised Trampoline – Jack Penny/Hugh McConnell (Apex)
State Champion Level 6 Mens Tumbling – Makonnen Brown (PCYC Ltn)
State Champion Level 6 Womens Tumbling – Corinne Knibbs (EAC)
On day 2, the Level 3 & 4 trampoline gymnasts bounced into competition showing us some exciting finals finishes and excellent execution scores in many of the events.
State Champion Level 3 Mens Individual Trampoline – Henko Smit (EAC)
State Champion Level 3 Womens Individual Trampoline– Arielle Hurd (EAC)
State Champion Level 4 Mens Individual Trampoline - Amber French (KSC)
State Champion Level 4 Womens Individual Trampoline – Fergus Shepherd (KSC)
State Champion Level 3 Mens Double-mini Trampoline – Luan Smit (EAC)
State Champion Level 3 Womens Double-mini Trampoline – Arielle Hurd (EAC)
State Champion Level 4 Mens Double-mini Trampoline – Fergus Shepherd (KSC)
State Champion Level 4 Womens Double-mini Trampoline - Mika De Bruyn (PCYC Ltn)
State Champions Level 3 Synchronised Trampoline – Henko Smit/Luan Smit (EAC)
State Champions Level 4 Synchronised Trampoline – Amber French/Lucy Chesterman (KSC/PCYC Ltn)
State Champion Level 3 Mens Tumbling – Josh Harvey (EAC)
State Champion Level 3 Womens Tumbling- Lauren McFadyen (EAC)
State Champion Level 4 Mens Tumbling – Matthew French (KSC)
State Champion Level 4 Womens Tumbling – Kayla McFadyen (EAC)
The Annual Trampoline Awards were also presented at the State Championships, representing a year’s worth of outstanding performances by talented athletes and showing that Tasmania is well and truly on not only the National arena, but also the International arena! Congratulations to all the recipients.
Darren Camilleri Mens Individual Trampoline Award – Jack Penny
Ben Kelly Womens Individual Trampoline Award – Rose Bowerman
Ludmila Vitesnikova Mens Double-mini Award – Makonnen Brown
Judy Perrin Womens Double-mini Award – Blair Kirkpatrick
Maggie Smolinski Tumbling Award – Makonnen Brown
Jo Penny Synchronised Trampoline Award – Hugh McConnell/Aidan Collins
Congratulations to everyone who competed in the Championships and a huge THANK YOU to all the volunteers who helped out over the weekend. A big commitment from dedicated parents, coaches and judges to continue to help the sport of trampolining grow in Tasmania!
Acknowledgement was also made of the Australian Team members heading off to the World Championships and World Age Championships to be held in Sofia, Bulgaria in November. We wish Jack Penny (World Championships), Hugh McConnell, Joshua Hedley Williams and Makonnen Brown (World Age championships) the best of luck as they travel to compete against 46 countries from around the world. Also to officials – Ben Kelly (Coach World Championships and World Age), Leigh Oswin (Judge World Age) and Jo Penny (Team Manager World Championships, Head of Delegation/Team Manager World Age).
2013 State Championships - MAG, RG & WAG
Mark Moncur, Wednesday, 25 September 2013
Full report, photos & link to results
The 177 gymnasts from around the State competed at the 2013 State Championships for MAG, WAG and RG. There was strong competition across all levels with the follow gymnasts and Teams been awarded State Champions
Men’s Artistic Gymnastics
Level 3 Champion - Hudson King (Kingborough) Champion Team – Kingborough
Level 4 Champion – Willem Park (Kingborough) Champion Team – Kingborough
Level 5 Champion – Alexander Thompson (Kingborough)
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics
National Level 4 Champion – Chloe Howard (Zodiacs) Champion Team – HGA
National Level 5 Champion – Lilli Boucher (Kingborough) Champion Team – Kingborough
National Level 6 Champion – Sophie Delaney (Kingborough) Champion Team- Kingborough
State Level 4 Champion – Melanie Duncan (Zodiacs) Champion Team – Zodiacs
State Level 5 Champion – Melodie Armstrong (Clarence) Champion Team – Clarence
State Level 6 Champion – Georgia Fletcher (Zodiacs) Champion Team- Kingborough
State Level 7 Champion – Semra Peach (Zodiacs) Champion Team – Zodiacs
State Level 8 Champion – Ellen Batge (HGA) Champion Team – HGA
State Level 9 Champion – Kate Eckhardt (Kingborough)
Level 4 Champion – Paris Phillips (HGA) Champion Team – HGA
Level 5 Champion – Lily Holloway (Riverside) Champion Team – Kingborough
Level 6 Champion – Alexandra Mole (HGA)
In the Trans bass challenge the Victorian Team dominated Level 6, in Level 7 Zoe Dowling from Tasmania placed 2nd overall however due to injuries Tasmania was unable to field a team at level 7.
Level 6 Winner – Elly Bayes (Victoria) Winning team – Victoria
Level 7 Winner – Fiona Sandford (Victoria) Winning team – Victoria
Overall Trans bass winner - Victoria