MARKETING manager Nicholas Carroll says Gymnastics NSW is excited to be bringing the NSW Country Championships back to Orange after the community support the event garnered in 2012.
Orange’s Sir Neville Howse Stadium played host to last year’s four-day championship for the first time, with the state-of-the-art facility proving a hit with both the viewing public and the nationally acclaimed gymnasts it housed.
And Carroll said there was no better venue to return to in 2013.
“The community got right behind the event last year,” Carroll said, with this year’s event set to begin on Thursday.
“There was a lot of engagement with the public which was great to see. It’s exciting to be coming back to Orange.”
Preparations for the 2013 Gymnastics NSW Country Championships will begin on Wednesday afternoon, with the acro and rhythmic gymnastics set to kick-off proceedings from 8am on Thursday morning.
In all, over 850 gymnasts will flock to Orange to compete across all seven of Gymnastics NSW’s gym-sports.
The 2013 championship will feature trampoline, men’s and women’s rhythmic and acrobatic gymnastics as well as aerobic and team-gym events, two disciplines new to the country championship schedule.
Orange City Council sport and recreation committee chair Jason Hamling said Gymnastics NSW’s return to Orange it was credit to the quality of Sir Neville Howse Stadium.
“Orange has a growing reputation for hosting top line sports events and the decision for Gymnastics NSW to come back for the second time in two years speaks for itself,” Hamling said.
The quality of stadium will match the calibre of athlete.
Making the trip to Orange will be Hugh Gabor, the 2013 Australian vault champion and 2013 Australian silver medallist on pommel and bronze all around.
Gabor will be joined by Gosford’s Amber Tauroa, a 2012 Australian Rhythmic Gymnastics champion and last year’s country champion and overall rhythmic gymnastics highest point-scorer.
Recently crowned Australian Aerobic Gymnastics Champion Tyson Martin-Durrington will also compete at this year’s event, as will Shakira Jefferys, a two-time Australian Champion at the Aerobic National Championships.
“There will certainly be a number of national champions in action,” Carroll added.