Young gymnasts return with gold

YOUNG PERFORMERS: The Waiheke Gymnastics Club level 0 team placed second at a competition in Waitakere.
YOUNG PERFORMERS: The Waiheke Gymnastics Club level 0 team placed second at a competition in Waitakere.

Waiheke gymnasts brought back gold and lots of good placings from the recent end of season competition.

The gymnasts travelled to Waitakere Gymnastics Club for the final competition of the year and while for some it was their first experience of competition they helped the level 0 team bring home second place in the team division.

The young team - Bonnie Cormack, Amber O'Hanlon, Aria Palmer, Georgia Ivory and Ocean Griffiths, most of them only 7 years old - did exceptionally well, with Georgia Ivory placing second overall.

The level 2 team also did a fantastic job. For all four girls it was their first time competing at harder routines.

Isabella Healy, Aria Ivory, Jade O'Hanlon and Olivia Walker placed second in the team division, with Aria Ivory placing fourth overall.

First-timers Sean Holmes in level 0 placed fourth overall and Toby Ryder placed eighth overall in level 1.

Grace Ivory, Shonae Evans, Georgia McNally, Suzie Hamelink and Bianca Watts had the hard task of competing in the open level and won the gold in the first place team division, with Suzie Hamelink placing first overall, Shonae Evans fourth overall, Grace Ivory fifth overall and Georgia McNally seventh overall.

Waiheke Gymnastics Club's Tineka Palmer says: "It's great to see the gymnastics club continue to achieve such great results after a new head coach has come on board at the start of this year."

Back this term is the Playgym for under fives.

Liz Evans will head the classes on a Saturday morning at the Recreation Centre. The 10.30am class is for the younger tots and 11.30am class is for the older preschool age children. Each class will have a focus such as jumping and landing, balance, rolling and climbing.

"Children will gain confidence in physical activity and discover what amazing things their bodies can do," Tineka says.

Term four playgym classes cost a $5 casual fee, and feature hands-on parent involvement.

For information on the classes email Tineka Palmer at palmer.waiheke@vodafone. or phone 372 4420.

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