So far, 2017 has been a bit of a breakthrough year for Central West Gymnastics.
After having four of its tumblers qualify for and head to the Australian Gymnastics Championships for the first time, just barely missing out on medals, CWG dominated last week’s NSW Country Championships, setting a new club benchmark.
The 37-strong group eclipsed the Orange gym’s previous best results at the four-day competition, this year held at Newcastle’s Hunter Sports Centre.
“It has been (a breakthrough year), definitely,” CWG coach Linda Corben said.
“To achieve these kinds of results consistently is amazing, and so many top 10s and overall podium placings at the Country Championships is just incredible.”
Competing against some of regional NSW’s powerhouse clubs – think the likes of Tamworth, Blackett’s Newcastle and Wollongong City – CWG finished second overall in acrobatic gymnastics.
The Orange gym secured a whopping nine overall country champion titles and another half a dozen podium finishes too, that’s not counting the individual apparatus wins or placings either.
“It’s our best ever Country Championships results,” CWG head coach Madeleine Waters added.
We’re proud of everyone’s results (and) to win a country championship in every level we entered in the tumbling is a huge achievement.
“Our Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) girls all competed amazingly, it’s great to see the hard work in the gym paying off for everyone so regularly.
“Our tumblers were amazing again and had great passes. We’re proud of everyone’s results (and) to win a country championship in every level we entered in the tumbling is a huge achievement.”
Eight of those overall titles came from the club’s female gymnasts, while Mitch Cook secured the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) Level 5 Open title too.
Jack Cranney also claimed a silver medal in his MAG Level 2 Open division.
In the Sports Acro competitions Ulli Pogonoski and Millie Hunt claimed the Women’s Pairs Level 3A title, Katelyn Garvey won the Women’s Trios Level 4 gold medal alongside Jasmine Hunt and Keilee Weymouth while Talia Michell and Leah Cook earned the Women’s Pairs Level 5 gong as well.
On their way to those titles, Pogonoski and Millie Hunt finished first in balance and dynamic, as did Michell and Cook.
Jasmine Hunt, Garvey and Weymouth also won their dynamic portion and finished second in balance as well.
Kendyll Windiate, Regan Molloy, Amelia Skrtic, Rosie Corcoran and Liv Buckerfield all claimed titles in their Level 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5 Tumbling divisions, respectively.
The Orange gym scored a bucketload of other placings as well, including Sidney Harvey’s silver medal in Level 2 Tumbling.
Kalisha McCauley and Bella Slattery claimed Tumbling bronze medals as well, in Level 1 and 5 respectively.
Tianah Windiate and Taylah Davis finished equal third in division two of their WAG Level 5 competition, while Olivia Buckerfield finished third in division two of Level 6.
The latter also finished first on the beam and second on the floor in that division’s individual apparatus’, while Davis was the third-finisher on the floor in Level 5.
The Country Championships were also qualifiers for the state titles next month.