Tamworth gymnast vaults to gold in Hawaii

PHILIPPA Tockuss has started her new gymnastic year in golden form.

The young Tamworth gymnast headed to Hawaii recently with fellow Tamworth Gymastics Club star Whitney Johnston and head coach Jan McGinnity for the Aloha Gymfest Carnival.

 McGinnity said the two TGC members were to compete in Level 9 against gymnasts from the United States, Japan, China, Singapore and Australia.

“Whilst the trip did not go well for Whitney it certainly went well for Philippa,”  McGinnity said.

“Whitney injured her knee when warming up for the vault and did not compete on any apparatus – she did however continue to support her team mate who went on to being the best vaulter at the carnival and received the gold medal.

“ Philippa also placed fourth on beam, fifth on floor, sixth on bars to place fourth overall in a highly competitive carnival.

“This was the last carnival for Whitney as she has now retired to concentrate on her university studies and was a sad way to end what has been an exceptional gymnastics career earning her many regional, country, state and national medals.”

The club is now in full swing, having commenced term one classes on Monday and continuing for the week with lessons. 

Lessons are held for kindergym classes on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 9.15am and also at 10.15am.

Classes for recreational gymnasts are held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoon from 4pm to 5pm for boys and girls aged five years and above and on Friday from 4pm to 6pm for girls aged eight years and above.

There are spaces available in all classes and bookings can be made by phoning Jan McGinnity (0419 217157) or Jodie McGinnity (0411 561441).

The club also welcomes home Jodie McGinnity, who is a former club member.

“She is working with all gymnasts in the club and is sure to make a big impact on them,” her mother and club coach Jan said.

“Jodie has been working in Queensland for the past 10 years and has coached under a number of top foreign coaches and has reached a very high standard of coaching and has represented not only Queensland as a coach but also Australia.” 

Philippa Tockuss (centre) receives her vaulting gold medal at the Aloha Gymfest in Hawaii.

Philippa Tockuss (centre) receives her vaulting gold medal at the Aloha Gymfest in Hawaii.