AT last year’s Gymnastics NSW Country Championships, the team at Central West Gymnastics came away with more medals than they had gymnasts tumble, vault and balance their way around the Orange PCYC floor.
This year, they’re hoping to do even better.
“Definitely. There’s a lot of kids, it’s their first major competition, so for them to get the experience is really good,” coach Madeleine Waters said ahead of the four-day championship set to begin on September 26.
“We’ve got six gym sports we’re competing in.”
This year is the second year running the country championships will be held in Orange.
The CWG team will have 52 gymnasts competing.
The women’s artistic gymnastics event is one of the club’s strongest with Tori Writer, Caitlin Beatty, Keilee Wymouth, Adelaide Nonnenmacher, Zoe Petraglia, Sienna Adams, Bella Adams, Maddie Thornhill, Saskia Presslaber, Claudia Frost, Grace Adams, Leah Cook, Asha Nicol, Olivia Buckerfield, Ella Kirby, Abbi Gorman, Annabel Pengilly, Katelyn Garvey, Marley Caldwell and Taylah Hobbs competing.
The men’s artistic gymnastics is also a tough competition, with CWG’s Billy Dukes, Mitch Cook, Jack Pengilly, Mat Fox, Rhys Johnston, Harry Cummins and Ethan Kairaitis set to star.
Ruby Somerville, Rose Somerville, Jasmin Dodd, Emma Terry, Isobella Francis and Bridget May take on the rhythmic gymnastics while Elsa Presslaber will lead the CWG’s sports acrobatics charge also including Tori Writer, Asha Nicol, Sienna Adams, Keilee Weymouth and Leah Cook, at the PCYC.
The trampoline events are always highly entertaining, with Mat Dyet, Laura Mascord, Rylie Summerfield, Leah Cook, Chloe Carr, Mikayla Leahey, Emma Terry, Chloe Walton, Georgie Corolan, Bella Slattery, Chase Carney and Maddie Smith competing.
The team gymnastic event is the newest on the championship schedule, and the most popular.
Isabella Fox, Bella Adams, Grace Adams, Sophie Beatty, Caitlin Beatty, Marley Caldwell, Bella Slattery, Tori Writer, Jess Neville, Georgie Taberner, Maddie Thornhill, Katelyn Garvey, Sienna Adams, Saskia Presslaber, Elsa Presslaber, Emma Terry, Claudia Frost, Mikayla Leahey, Caitlin Tom, Mackenzie Doran, Keilee Weymouth, Dempsey Bryant, Chloe Carr, Adelaide Nonnenmacher, Zoe Petraglia and Ali Duff will represent CWG.
“We’ve got quite a wide variety and we’re doing team gym for the first time which is more of a display competition,” Waters said.
“So more of the kids that won’t go on to do big competitions get an opportunity, which is really good.”
Illawarra and Newcastle, two gymnastic giants, will make the trip to Orange for the 2013 championship.
“Some of the best clubs are between Gunnedah and Tamworth and in our region,” coach Lucy Gifford said, with inner-city clubs obvious absentees from the country championships.
“They’re as good as you’ll get. They’re beautiful.”