West Melton Gymnastics Club Iron girls — Addison Conlan, Ashlee Peterson, Shelby Miller and Sofia Gregorini

Gymnasts leap ahead

by Ann van Engelen

The annual Christchurch School of Gymnastics Christmas Competition saw the West Melton Gymnastics Club team members come away with several top placings.

“Our students have had a very successful year competitively and have placed in the top six of all the competitions we have entered,” says head coach Pam Higgins.

“The CSGC had 480 competitors from across the region and beyond. It was a tough competition with the various age groups. There were 90 children competing in Grade One and in our club seven-year-old Isabel Moe placed first in the unders, Ruby Sullivan came third, and Georgia Daly placed fourth. Grade One overs saw eight-year-old Evie Hill come third.”

In Grade Two unders Olivia Munro came first and her twin sister Amelia was second with Imogen Thornhill fourth, and Tegan Steeves-Wright placed fifth. Shelby Miller came first in the Iron unders, and Ashlee Peterson came second, Addison Conlan third and Sofia Gregorini placed fourth.

“Hayley Clinton was second in the Bronze overs, and Addison Conlan also won the trophy for the highest bar score in Iron. The trophy was donated in memory of a young gymnast who died in a plane crash, and it is a real honour to receive this award. Gymnastics is great for all ages as it is good for coordination, flexibility and strength. The skills cross over and aid other sports as you have great flexibility with good hand-eye coordination. Some of the adult members of our club will be competing in the masters’ games in Dunedin at the end of January.

“We are looking forward to next year and are planning on expanding into STEP, which stands for Striving Towards Excellence in Performance. It is the national competitive side of gymnastics with Gym Sports New Zealand. It will be exciting for our team to experience the more professional side of the sport and grow from there.”