Central West Regional titles continue to evolve: coach

Gymnastics coach Madeleine Waters is thrilled the Central West Regional Championships has grown to a point over 100 additional gymnasts will converge on the city for this weekend’s titles.

FLIPPING GREAT: Tianah Windiate, Olivia Buckerfield, Bella Slattery and Taylah Davis competed at nationals for NSW earlier this year, they'll round out the 2017 season at home this weekend for the regional champs. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

FLIPPING GREAT: Tianah Windiate, Olivia Buckerfield, Bella Slattery and Taylah Davis competed at nationals for NSW earlier this year, they'll round out the 2017 season at home this weekend for the regional champs. Photo: MATT FINDLAY

Waters, the regional supervisor and head coach of Central West Gymnastics, says the competition, now in its third year, continues to be well supported by clubs in the region and from afar.

Over 350 gymnasts – an attendance number well up from the 250 competing at last year’s championship – will take to various apparatus over the course of the weekend at both the Central West’s home on Barrett’s court and the Orange PCYC Club’s home at Sir Neville Howse Stadium.

Competitors from Orange, Lithgow, Bathurst, Tullamore, Mudgee and Young will support their home region’s championships, while gymnasts from Yass, Tumut, Dubbo and Griffith are also expected to attend.

Waters believes the event continues to go from strength to strength.

“It’s grown over time. Originally it was just at the PCYC but we’re shared it now for two years,” Waters said.

“It’s great for our kids. They’re definitely excited about competing at home.

“It’s been a big competition year and this is one of the last competitions for the kids … it’s a good way to round it all off.”

Waters is expecting Bathurst to send some strong gymansts to the event, which will be run for levels one through to seven, competitors aged between six and 16.

Kick-starting the champs, women’s level three to seven is at Central West Gymnastics on Saturday, from 8.30am to 3pm.

Central West is also hosting the men’s and teams events, while the PCYC will stage the trampoline, double mini and tumbling titles.