The two biggest gymnastic events of the year in Blenheim take place from tomorrow at Stadium 2000.
That's the venue for the annual Primary Schools Festival, featuring more than 800 children from around the province doing a series of gymnastic disciplines. The event runs from 9.30am-2.30pm and the public are welcome.
On Saturday and Sunday is the Marlborough Gymnastic Championships, which showcase the top talent from here as well as competitors from Hamilton, Auckland, Napier, Wellington, Christchurch, Nelson, the West Coast and South Canterbury, featuring more than 400 competitors.
Recreational and competitive grades are being contested, with Marlborough's leading gymnast, 17-year-old Anna Tempero, among the elite title contenders in the artistic 10-step 10 grade.
On Sunday is the men's apparatus event. Among the competitors is former Blenheim Gymnastics Club star, Commonwealth Games representative Matthew Palmer, who will contest three apparatus.
The event is also the first selection competition of the year for those seeking to be chosen in the top of the south team to contest the National Championships, also in Marlborough, in October.
This weekend's event is hosted by the Blenheim Gymnastics Club, one of the few volunteer clubs left in New Zealand.
- The Marlborough Express
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