Gymnasts from all over the country, including a team from Perth, contested last weekend's Top of the South championships at the Trafalgar Centre – a sanctioned event for those trying to qualify for Gymsports New Zealand nationals in Blenheim later this year.
Nelson men's artistic gymnasts competed well with the junior boys leading the way. Notable results were attained by Jacob Patel in level 2 who was second overall, placing second on all apparatus except parallel bars where he was third. Harry Timms was third overall in level 3.
Josiah Kirk led the level 4 competition, beating boys from Perth, Christchurch and Wellington, to place first overall and take first place on all apparatus except the floor where he placed third. Jack Carter, in level 3, was second on vault and William Fu-Allen, in level 4, was second on pommel, rings and third on parallel bars.
Senior boys Dan Parker and Sam Fu-Allen began their buildup for nationals with Fu-Allen first overall in level 7 on day one and again on day two in the apparatus finals. He was first on the floor, pommels, vault, high bar and second on the parallel bars and rings.
In level 8, Parker was first on all apparatus and first overall both days. Houston Harris, also in level 7 and in his first major competition, scored well in the apparatus finals, gaining second on vault and third on rings and parallel bars.
Nelson gymnasts got results in each of the women's artistic grades.
Senior gymnasts Dana Brown and Monica Nelson had strong competitions, with Brown second overall with a first on vault and a second on floor. On the second day Nelson was third on bar, second on vault and second on beam.
In step 7, the team of Aimee Macquet, Lydia Campbell-Robinson and Jenna Row were third, with Campbell-Robinson third overall. On the second day she was first on bar and beam, Macquet second on vault, bar and beam.
The Nelson team of Holly Millar, Georgia Ewers, Sarah Wagner and Ella Nicholls were first in step 6 and the second Nelson team of Libby Dowse, Emily Houghton Ash Derecourt were third. The entire Nelson squad all made the top eight places and competed again on the second day with Ewers placing second and Millar third.
Step 5 girls Solmaz Bakhshi and Hannah Read were first and second overall respectively.
In step 4, Hannah Bloomfeild placed first on vault, beam and floor and third on bar for first overall. Mars Matranga was first in her division posting second on all apparatus except vault.
The step 3 girls dominated with Emily Lauer, Yui Burrows and Emma Lackner first, second and third respectively in the all around competition and, along with Kayla Heybourne, placed first in the teams competition. The second Nelson step 3 team of Janaya Trayler, Ella Makan and Shimaya Gilchrist placed third.
The step 2 team of Soraya Plimmer, Nina Usui, Alice Dowse and Sigrid Horner placed first with overall placings of first for Plimmer and second for Usui.
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