ELEVEN members of the Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Club recently travelled through to Port Elizabeth to compete in the Anderson's Inter-Club Competition.
HUMAN ART: The members of the Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Club who competed at the Inter-Club Competition in Port Elizabeth earlier this month Picture: PENNY MADDOCKS
The Graaff-Reinet Gymnastics Club also participated, as well as Crusaders from Uitenhage and the Anderson's Gymnasts themselves.
Head coach Carol-Ann Stiekema said the artistic (bar, vault, floor and beam) competition proved to be daunting for some, but hard work in training sessions was well rewarded, as was evidenced by the scores obtained on the day.
"Once again we saw courage in gymnasts who persisted through tough challenges, said Stiekema, who believes all her members came out wiser and stronger at the end of the day.
"It was beautiful to watch the gymnasts supporting each other, laughing and enjoying themselves, yet focusing on their apparatus when required to do so,” she said.
As a motivator, her gymnasts receive a chocolate for every 8 score achieved at competitions for artistic events.
"They are doing so well we are going to need a sponsor for the chocolates!”
Artistic Gymnastics Results (Bar, Beam, Floor, Vault):
Lauren Maddocks (7yrs/u): Placed 4th on Vault, 5th on Bars, with much improved score of 8, and placed 5th overall with 8.325 average.
Jessica Harty (7yrs/u): (First official competition), placed 5th on Beam with a great score of 8.3, placed 5th on Floor with 8.05, 6th overall with 8.275 average
Kym Anderson (8 yrs): Placed 1st on Vault, Floor and Beam – and 3rd on Bars, placed 1st overall with an average of 9.30!
Kim Waters (8 yrs): (First competition of the season), placed 1st on Bars, 2nd on Beam and 3rd on Floor and Vault, Placed 3rd overall with a 9.138 average!
POISE AND STYLE: Kim Waters, A Level 1 SCGC Artistic Gymnast with the Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Club, on beam at the Inter-Club Competition in Port Elizabeth earlier this month Picture: PENNY MADDOCKS
Danielle Steyn (10/u): (first competition of the season), placed 1st on Floor and Beam, 2nd on Vault and 4th on Bars, Placed 2nd overall with an 8.963 average.
Romy Alexandre (8/u): (First competition of the season), placed 1st on Vault and Floor and 2nd on Bars and Beam, placed 2nd overall with 7.89 average. Romy showed great courage as she hurt her leg in the warm-ups but conquered her pain and completed the entire competition.
Taryn Lee (10/u): Facing truly fierce competition in her age group, she placed 3rd on Floor, 4th on Beam and Vault, 4th on Vault and 5th overall with an average of 7.98.
Tessa Cockcroft (18/u): Although Tessa should have been on Level 3 this year, we bumped her up a level due to her natural athletic ability. Tessa Placed 1st on Bars and 2nd on Vault, Floor and Beam – very good results for her first competition of the season. Placed 2nd overall with an average of 8.45.
Artistic Girls Level 5:
Kayla Stiekema (10/u): Placed 1st on all four events and 1st overall with an average of 8.93.
Taylor du Plessis (18/u): Taylor placed 1st on all four events and 1st overall with an average of 8.54.
Tumbling and Trampoline Results:
Mini Trampoline (MT):
Jessica Harty (7/u): Placed 6th overall
Lauren Maddocks (7/u): Placed 5th overall
Kym Anderson (9 yrs): Placed 3rd overall
Kim Waters (9 yrs): Placed 2nd overall
Danielle Steyn (11-12): Placed 2nd overall
Jarryd Harty (9-10 boys): 1st overall (total score: 10.60)
Romy Alexandre Level 2 (9-10): 6th overall (total score: 10.60)
Taryn Lee Level 2 (9-10): 5th overall (total score: 13.40)
Tessa Cockcroft Level 2 (13-14yrs): 2nd overall (total score: 12.70)
Kayla Stiekema Level 4 (10/u): 1st overall (total score: 15.70)
Taylor Stiekema Level 4 (15-16 yrs): 1st overall (total score: 15.00)
Lauren Maddocks (7-8): 3rd overall (score 5.90)
Tessa Cockckroft (13-14): 1st overall (score: 18.40)
Level 2 (15 yrs and over): 1st overall (score: 40.40)
Level 3 (10/u): 1st overall (score: 45.80)
Elementary 3 – standing hurdle and three continuous cartwheels
Lauren Maddocks E-3 (7/u): 2nd overall (score: 42.20)
Jessica Harty E-3 (7/u): 4th overall (score: 38.10)
Danielle Steyn E-3 (11-12): 1st overall (score: 34.80)Elementary 4 – Arab Spring, rebound half turn and three continuous cartwheels
Kim Waters E-4 (9 yrs): 5th overall (score: 39.50)
Kym Anderson E-4 (9 yrs): 3rd overall (score: 43.80)
Romy Alexandre E-4 (9 yrs): 1st overall (score 46.50)
Taryn Lee E-4 (10 yrs): 3rd overall (score: 40.20)
Tessa Cockcroft E-4 (13+ yrs): 1st overall (score: 49.50)
Level 2 – Arab Spring, two flick-flacks, rebound half turn and one cartwheel
Kayla Stiekema (9-10 yrs): 1st place (score: 47.00)
Level 4 – three flick-flacks and a back tuck somersault
This level is another first for the club
Taylor du Plessis (15+ yrs): 1st place (score: 49.70)