Tamworth cleans up at Country gymnastics

TAMWORTH Gymnastics Club has returned from Sydney as NSW Country’s champion club.

Tamworth Gymnastic Club’s country champions (front from left): Annalise Tighe, Abby McGrath, Julia Hannaford, Alysha Baker, Amber Kuczer, Hannah Dowden, Charlotte Fay, Jemma Baker, Sophie Weekes, Sophie Walker, (middle from left) Lily Godley, Marni Evans, Harriet Fay, Amber Downes, Sapphire Kuczer, Tori Monaghan, Georgia Goodwin, Maisie Wilde, Piper Swalwell, (back from left) Ella Constable, Skyler Dowden, Sarah McIlveen, Georgia Pryer, Caitlin Ham, Ellie Hannaford, Josie Douglas, Kelsey Dietrich, Paige Seaton.

Tamworth Gymnastic Club’s country champions (front from left): Annalise Tighe, Abby McGrath, Julia Hannaford, Alysha Baker, Amber Kuczer, Hannah Dowden, Charlotte Fay, Jemma Baker, Sophie Weekes, Sophie Walker, (middle from left) Lily Godley, Marni Evans, Harriet Fay, Amber Downes, Sapphire Kuczer, Tori Monaghan, Georgia Goodwin, Maisie Wilde, Piper Swalwell, (back from left) Ella Constable, Skyler Dowden, Sarah McIlveen, Georgia Pryer, Caitlin Ham, Ellie Hannaford, Josie Douglas, Kelsey Dietrich, Paige Seaton.

The Northern Inland Credit Union-sponsored TGC reigned supreme for a second successive year at the NSW  Country Championships where they defended their NSW Champion Club trophy and were named Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Champions.

TGC took 34 young gymnasts to the elite gymnastics facility at Rooty Hill in Sydney and more than half the gymnasts came home as overall Country champions, reported club coach Jan McGinity.

“Nineteen overall championships were achieved over a two-day period packed with gymnastics,” she said.

“Gymnasts from the prep level state stream and National level gymnasts competed against gymnasts from all over country NSW. Every single gymnast that competed managed to bring home at least two or more gold, silver or bronze medals. The total tally was 58 gold, 32 silver and 17 bronze medals as well as 19 overall champion trophies.

“These wonderful results resulted in the Tamworth Gymnastics Club being named overall Champion Club. This is a great achievement for the same club competing against larger clubs from all over NSW country areas including Newcastle, Wollongong, Wagga Wagga as well as North West regional teams from Orange, Gunnedah, Inverell, Armidale and Dubbo.

“As well as individual results the club was also successful in the teams event, placed first overall in levels 1, 2 and 4 and placing second overall in levels 3 and 5. The Prep levels girls whilst not competing for medals competed with distinction with all girls placing in the top band of gymnasts and they all received ribbons at the end of the competition and also all received ribbons on each apparatus they competed on.”

First place overall champions included: Tori Monaghan (level 1 intermediate), Georgia Goodwin (level 1 senior), Maisie Wilde (level 2 junior), Sapphire Kuczer (level 2 intermediate), Marni Evans (level 2 senior), Harriet Fay (level 3 junior), Paige Seaton (level 4 10 years), Skyler Dowden (level 4 11 years), Caitlin Ham (level 5 senior), Georgia Pryer (level 6 senior)

Second place overall champions included: Amber Downes (level 1 intermediate); Kelsey Dietrich (level 1 senior), Ella Constable (level 2 intermediate), Ellie Hannaford (level 4 12 years), Holly Balcombe (level 5 senior)

Third place overall champions included: Sarah McIlveen (level 3 intermediate), Josie Douglas (level 4 11 years), Lexi May (level 4 12 years), Alyssa Norris (Prep level 1).

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