Gymnasts cap off a glittering season with strong effort at championships

HIGH CLASS: Central West Gymnastics stars (front, left) Saskia Presslaber, Talia Michell, Adelaide Nonnenmacher, Emma Wilson, Tori Writer, Taylah Hobbs, (back, left) Bella Slattery, Olivia Buckerfield, Katelyn Garvey, Asha Nicol and Leah Cook. 
Photo: MARK LOGAN 0514mlgymnastics

HIGH CLASS: Central West Gymnastics stars (front, left) Saskia Presslaber, Talia Michell, Adelaide Nonnenmacher, Emma Wilson, Tori Writer, Taylah Hobbs, (back, left) Bella Slattery, Olivia Buckerfield, Katelyn Garvey, Asha Nicol and Leah Cook. Photo: MARK LOGAN 0514mlgymnastics

CENTRAL West Gymnastics marked one of its last major tournaments of the season with a string of glittering performances at the North West Regional Championships.

With a shortened year competing due to a pending move from the club’s base of 15 years at Kinross to the Homefront Crossfit Gym, head coach Madeleine Wood couldn’t be happier with the way her squad of 12 performed on the road.

“They all did really well. Most of them all achieved best scores, and that’s all we’re asking for at the moment,” Wood said, with the club set to shift bases from July 1.

“And (July 1) is right when country is, so we had to make a decision. All of the coaches and judges and kids and family will be at country but we need everyone here to be moving everything. But we’ll be strong next year.

“This really was our major competition for the year. We’ve excited to be working closely with the crossfit, with their athletes.”

One of the standouts at the north west championships, Tori Writer came second overall in the National Development Program level six 15 years and above.

Writer scored 55.649 to be edged by Tamworth gun Georgia Pryer, the same girl who won this year’s state titles.

“Tori (writer) got another personal best and improved her score from state championships, and she came away from state with a fourth overall. She did really well to improve, and that’s what the goal for all of the girls is; to improve their scores at each competition,” Wood added.

Representing the club with strong campaigns, Leah Cook (52.383), Abbie Gorman (52.482), Bella Slattery (51.316) all finished with big scores in the NDP level one intermediate.

Also making their mark, Katelyn Garvey (51.634) NDP level one senior, Taylah Hobbs (50.784) NDP level two junior and, competing in the NDP level two intermediate, Olivia Buckerfield (50.290) and Asha Nicol (51.250) also shone for the central west club.

Saskia Presslaber finished first overall in the prep level three junior with an impressive 52.616 and in the state stream level four Emma Wilson (52.500)

Both Talia Michell and Adelaide Nonnenmacher performed brilliant routines in the state stream level five category, earning scores of 50.313 and 52.100 respectively.

Wood said Tamworth and Gunnedah, strong gymnastics clubs from the north west region, gave the central west club strong opposition. 

“They’ve done very well, competing within our region there’s some really top clubs,” she said.

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