'Massive result' has Writer one step closer to NSW gymnastics title

ORANGE gymnast Tori Writer has one final stepping stone in her quest to win a state title.

The 15-year-old qualified for the NSW Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Senior State Championships after a strong qualifying campaign.

Writer finished 12th, and fifth overall in two NSW WAG Level 6-10 State Trial competitions, securing her place at the championships.

“It’s a massive result for Tori,” Linda Corben, Writer’s coach, said.

Writer finished 12th in her first trial competition, on January 27, with an overall score of 52.90 having scored 13.80 (fourth) on the vault, 12.65 (12th) on the uneven bars, 12.85 (15th) on the beam and 13.60 (14th) in the floor exercise.

As a result, she had plenty of work to do on March 22, in her second trial competition.

Writer performed well on the vault (13.70, fifth), beam (13.35, 12th) and floor exercise (13.70 - 12th) before producing a stunning uneven bars performance, scoring 13.65 and earning herself a silver medal, lifting her overall score to 54.40, fifth place overall.

Corben heaped praise on her student, saying her consistency proved telling.

“She performed strongly throughout the trial, and she was very consistent which was more pleasing than anything,” Corben said.

“It puts her in good stead for a big performance at state. She works really hard, and it’s great to see her so solid on all her apparatus. It should be a huge confidence boost for her.”

Central West Gymnastics owner, and head coach, Lucy Gifford, also lauded Writer’s performance.

“It’s a fantastic result for Tori, as a gymnast from the country,” Gifford said.

“She’s competing against girls from Sydney gyms, who are training 30 hours a week.”

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