Duo put Auckland on top
Tristar club gymnasts David Bishop and Jordan Rae are on a roll after putting in first-class performances at the 2012 Gymsports national championships.
Forty-five gymnasts from the Hillsborough club competed and won both the men's and women's all-round titles and a staggering 117 medals.
Seventeen-year-old Rae leapt, tumbled and danced her way to victory, winning the women's all-round title and placing first in the vault, bar, beam and floor.
And 22-year-old Bishop was hot on her heels, taking the men's all-round title and placing first in the vault, pommel and high bar.
Seeing his name alongside other talented gymnasts was the highlight of the competition for Bishop.
"When I heard it was official I was stoked. It's pretty cool to be able to say that I'm national champ."
The Auckland University engineering student has the Commonwealth Games in his sights next.
"I'm not going to say that getting there is my goal because I know that's where I'm going. My goal is to do well when I get there. I know what I want."
For Rae, the adrenaline rush she gets while competing is what gymnastics is all about.
"I just love to perform in front of the judges."
The Baradene College student is now hoping to win a scholarship to an American university.
Tristar club chief executive Jenny Jujnovich says winning both the men's and women's shields is a huge victory for Auckland.
"To beat Canterbury is a really big deal. Normally we would win one shield but we've never won both before."
There was no question in her mind that Rae and Bishop would hold their own against the competition, she says.
"They are both really talented gymnasts and their coaches put in the hard yards to see them achieve."
Gymsports New Zealand chief executive Sarah Ashmole says Auckland gymnasts have shown a lot of promise in the past.
"It's really refreshing to see Auckland coming through with these results. They have a lot of really good gymnasts coming through and it's great for Auckland to see them back on top."
- © Fairfax NZ News
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