Trafalgar Centre given thumbs up after successful Top of the South competition
Gymnastics Nelson now have an operational template in place after successfully rehoming the Top of the South championships at the Trafalgar Centre over the weekend.
The three-day championships, which ended on Sunday, were also being held as a test event for the New Zealand national championships which will be held at the Trafalgar Centre from October 5-8.
It was the first time Gymnastics Nelson had returned to the venue for the first time since 2013 after it was closed due to quake damage.
After heading to Blenheim on 2014, the championships found a temporary home at Saxton Stadium, with 520 gymnasts competing in Nelson this weekend and around 400 expected at the nationals.
And according to the events manager for Gymsports New Zealand, Rebecca Weber, the Trafalgar Centre has passed the inspection with flying colours.
Weber said that the weekend's highlight had simply been staging a competitive event back in the Trafalgar Centre after several year's absence.
She said that with all the recent improvements, the Trafalgar Centre was now the "perfect venue" for staging competitive gymnastics and that they were "extremely positive" about holding the nationals in Nelson in October.
It will be the first time a combined senior and junior national championships has been held in Nelson.
Meanwhile, around 500 gymnasts representing 22 clubs competed at the weekend, with the national women's artistic development squad also in attendance.
And of the 71 Nelson gymnasts competing (50 competitive, 21 recreational), William Fu-Allen qualified for October's nationals following his first overall placing in the men's level 8 competition.
He was one of three Nelson gymnasts to win overall titles, with Alex Pearson taking out the men's level one and Elise Smith the women's step 2 overs allround competitions.
Nelson's Tom Pearson was second overall in men's level 5, with Quinn Birss also second in men's level 7.
In the women's competition, second placings went to Nelson's Maia Jefford (step one unders), Dulcie Cox (step two unders) and Jade Hughes (step three overs).
The weekend's outstanding performer was 16-year-old Isabella Brett from Tri Star Gymnastics in Auckland who won the women's senior international allround title. It is the New Zealand representative's first year competing at senior international level.
The Club Shield, for the top club, went to Christchurch School of Gymnastics.