Waitara Gymsports off to a flying start

Last updated 09:07 29/05/2014

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Waitara Gymsports competitors got the gymnastics season off to a flying start at the weekend at the aerobics competition at Auckland.

Ashlee Newman was first overall in Step 4, while Dayna Tawa was also on top in Step 8, with Rachel Hopkinson a creditable second.

At the artistic championships, the club dominated in all Steps, winning 19 gold, nine silver and four bronze medals.

They also had 49 top three apparatus placings.

In Step 1 under, Hannah Dixon claimed silver, while in the overs, Jessica Knowles-Pigott was fifth overall.

They combined with club members Lahni Kuklinski and Lea Edgcombe to finish second team.

Step 2 under competitor Caitlin Adamson won gold, and in the overs division, Claudia McKillop also won gold, Charlotte Giddy silver and Serenity Pihama fifth.

Adamson, McKillop, Giddy and Josie Potroz won team gold by five points. The team of Serenity Pihama, Ruby Hooper, Aleka Wooding and Aimee Witehira finished fourth, with the eight gymnasts taking out the top club award.

There was a clean sweep in Step 3, with Katie Neild winning gold, Angel Ladbrook taking silver, Laura Jones bronze and Sarah Allen finishing fifth. They combined for team gold by a huge margin of 6.8 points, while also winning the top club award.

Step 5 continued the success in the under division, with Shinae Stockwell claiming silver and Rebecca Dunn bronze, while Brooke Hoskins-Lefevre fourth.

In the overs, Madison Parker claimed bronze and her four team members won team gold by a massive 9.5 points.

Step 6 finished off the successful weekend with Olivia Eiffe taking gold in the over division and Taylah Dagg silver, while Vienna McLernon claimed bronze in the unders. The three won team gold by impressive 10.3 points.

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