THE Central West Gymnastics Club is in its final preparations for next month’s Gymnastics NSW Country Championships.
The championships will be held in Orange from July 12-15 at Sir Neville Howse Stadium.
Having the event in their home town was something the Orange-based club was excited about.
“It’s the comfort-factor, the fact you’re in your home town,” CWG head coach Lucy Gifford said.
“Plus a lot more relatives can come and see the kids.”
CWG will send one of its biggest teams to the championships with 38 gymnasts ready to test themselves.
The Orange club will also be represented in all four areas of the sport - men’s artistic, women’s artistic, rhythmic and trampoline.
Gifford said it was particularly exciting to have 10 people competing in the trampoline divisions.
Mathew Dyet, Seamus O’Connor and Monty Eccleston will compete in level three for the men’s trampoline.
Rylie Summerfield, Leah Cook, Tegan Karger, Laura Mascord, Caitlin Beatty, Monique Connolly and Lauren Gilchrist will contest different levels in the women’s trampoline.
The club has worked on developing its program for boys and Gifford was delighted to see a team of four ready for the level one men’s artistic competition.
CWG coaches Brooke Fulmer, Madeleine Wood, Linda Corben, Rachael Crosbie, Charlotte Orr, Ali Duff and Kate Butler have been making sure the children are ready.
“They’ll compete to the best of their ability,” Gifford said of the gymnasts.
Some of the gymnasts have had great lead-ups with Seamus O’Connor winning the level three men’s vault at the men’s grand prix in Sydney on Sunday.
Elsa Presslaber recently had success in Gunnedah where she was first overall in the level five women’s artistic competition after taking out the vault, bars, beam and floor.
Tor Writer was also strong in the same level, finishing second in the bars and floor and third on the beam.
The Gymnastics NSW Country Championships will be held at Sir Neville Howse Stadium from July 12-15.