Pursuing gymnastics excellence
by Ann van Engelen
The members of the West Melton Gymnastics Club are gearing up for the 2020 competition year as they reflect on the successes they had last year.
“With competing, 2019 was by far our best year, and our gymnasts who follow the Recreational Competitive Circuit had some amazing results,” said head coach Pam Higgins.
“A total of 11 competitions were offered throughout the South Island, and many of our gymnasts attended at least four or five. I am extremely proud of our young athletes. Their passion and commitment have earned the club recognition throughout the gymnastics club community.”
A total of 108 medals were received by the club gymnasts last year consisting of 42 Gold, 35 Silver and 31 Bronze placings.
“Our end of year Junior prize-giving saw Tessa Blackler receive Most Improved Female and Rhys Clinton Most Improved Male with Sports Person going to Amelia Munro. Rising Star went to Isla Worsley and Best Attitude to Shelby Miller. Kaela Spooner, Emily Dreaver, Amelia Latimer and Addison Conlan were coaches’ pick.
“In our Intermediate group, Most Improved Female was Jade Tomlinson, with Jack Snowdon receiving Most Improved Male. Good Sort went to Xavia Costello and Award of Excellence to Karlia Sullivan. Competitive Intermediate is Ashlee Peterson, and Sports Person went to Brooke McEvoy. Isabella Burns, Samantha McAdam, Tegan Steeves-Wright, Lily Hunter and Keira Flynn were coaches’ pick.
“With the Senior team, Award for Dedication went to Melissa Duncan and Competitive to Morgan Smith with Kyla Higgins receiving Advanced. Senior Sports Person went to Tamzin Taylor and coaches pick was Bonnie Smith, Soraya Earl and Ashleigh Bromley.
“2020 is going to be an exciting year as we will be introducing STEP, which is the national competitive direction for gymnastics.”