Tamworth gymnasts dazzle at Country titles

TAMWORTH Gymnastics Club is running out of space in the trophy cabinet after the team returned from the NSW Country Championships in Orange with 105 medals.

All 32 gymnasts representing the club returned with at least one medal and some returned with a swag of medals and trophies.

For the first time ever, the Tamworth club was named Overall Champion in women’s gymnastics after bringing home 23 overall country champions with 11 first places, eight second places, and four third places out of the 1200 competing athletes.

Even more outstanding was the fact that the club came second in the overall club standings despite not having any male gymnasts like most other clubs.

Coach Jan McGinnity said the great results come from the attitudes and environment at the club.

“These results are a testament to the dedication and commitment of the kids as well as the expectations of the coaches and the club itself,” McGinnity said.

The pride of the club, Phillipa Tockuss who celebrated her 19th birthday the day before the event, was named overall champion in her age after winning all four events – vault, bar, beam and floor.

Tockuss competes in the level ten national category, although the club also celebrated a clean sweep for level one intermediate gymnast Sapphire Kuczer.

Georgia Pryer and Hannah Dowden also came home with a neck full of medals after getting gold in three apparatus and silver in the remaining apparatus, to both also become overall level champions.

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