MORE than 150 of the state's best junior gymnasts flocked to Tamworth during the weekend for the National Primary School Gymnastics Championships.
Hosted by the Tamworth Gymnastics Club, the event was part of the upcoming National Primary Games, which begin next weekend, and saw kids battle it out in a number of different disciplines.
Youngsters from as far as Newcastle and Dubbo took to Tamworth Gymnastics Club to battle it out in disciplines such as floor routines, the uneven bars and the vault.
Tamworth Gymnastics Club coach Jodie McGinnity said the event was one of the most competitive the club will host this year.
"It's so great to be involved in the National Primary Games this year," McGinnity told the Leader.
"We've had around 150 kids from six different clubs compete here in this competition, and it we have certainly seen some fierce competition.
"The athletes here are competing in levels one through eight and are all looking to put in their best performance."
McGinnity said the competition acted as a warm up for the upcoming country championships.
"Pretty much all of the athletes here will be looking to compete at the NSW Country Championships in Newcastle in two weeks," she said.
"So from that perspective it is a really good final hit out and while this is one of our club's smaller events for the year, it is a really important one on our calendar."
McGinnity said she hoped the sports involvement with the National Primary Games would continue into the future.
"Because the National Primary Games is a multi-sport event it gives us a chance for exposure to people, who otherwise wouldn't see our sport," she said.
"From that perspective, we are really excited to be involved in this year's event."
The games continue next weekend.