PREPARING to enter the world of coaching, Tori Writer and Ruby Somerville couldn’t have asked for a better Gymnastics NSW Country Championship campaign to jot down on the resume.
Competing in the level six senior state stream, Writer, 14, finished first in vault (14.20), third in bars (13.500), first in beam (13.950), second on floor (14.550) and second overall with 56.200 - the highest overall score of any Central West Gymnastics (CWG) gymnast.
“And to achieve that at level six is pretty impressive,” coach Madeleine Wood said.
“Tori has been with us since she was seven. She just had the best competition I’ve seen her do.”
Somerville also impressed.
Competing in the level four rhythmic, the 14-year-old finished third in both hoop and clubs competition, while also picking up fourth overall.
“For them both to still be involved in the sport at a high level and then going on to do coaching, still keeping with the club, it’s fantastic,” Wood enthused.
Both girls can’t wait to pass on the knowledge they’ve gained over eight years competing in the sport.
“It’s going to be fun to teach kids gymnastics,” Writer said.
Somerville added: “We thought it would be fun to do together.”
CWG club had a stellar country championships.
In the Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, level one juniors Leah Cook (second, vault) and Taylah Hobbs (third, vault) performed well, while intermediate Asha Nicol finished sixth on bars.
The level one team of Leah Cook, Taylah Hoobs, Asha Nicol, Ella Kirby, Olivia Buckerfield and Sienna Adams impressively ended their routine sixth out of 16 teams.
“That was a bit of a highlight for us,” Wood said.
“We’ve never done that well at level one before.”
Keilee Weymouth, Claudia Frost, Madie Thornhill and Sasakia Presslaber took to the level two preparation, with Weymouth earning the highest floor score of 14.30 and 14.05 on bars to net the highest overall score of 55.50.
Frost achieved dual scores of 14.00 on vault and floor.
In the level five state stream senior, Zoe Petraglia finished sixth on vault, fifth on bars, fourth on beam, second on floor and fourth overall, while Adelaide Nonnemacher ended second on vault and third on bars.
The team of Petraglia, Nonnemacher and Caitlin Beaty came fifth overall.
The boys were also outstanding, with the level one team third overall, Harry Cummins first on vault, second on pommel, with Ethan Kairaitis second on vault.
The rhythmic level two team of Jasmine Dodd, Rose Thoms and Isabel Francis finished first overall.
In sports acro Leah Cokk, Sienna Adams, Keilee Weymouth (level two) came third in balance, first in dynamic and first overall and Writer, Else Presslaber and Asha Nicol first in balance, dynamic and overall.
“We had 52 gymnasts competing, which is the biggest the club has sent,” Wood said.