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Junior gymnasts turn on the talent

By Katy Rutter

DENMARK Gymnastics Club participated in the Southern Regional Gymnastics Competition over the weekend of September 21-22, with clubs from around the south of the State including Katanning, Albany, Busselton, Lake Grace, Dumbleyung, Narrogin and Esperance.

Denmark had 37 competitors between boys level 1 and 2, and girls levels 1-5.

Rory Pierce was the overall boys champion for level 1, with Trey Wimpenmy also receiving a gold medal.

boys excel – front row L-R Oscar Tonking, Charlie Pierce, Alfir Steed, Trey Wimpenmy. Back row L-R William Turnor, Rory Pierce (level 1 champion), James Farey. PHOTO KATY RUTTER

Charlie Pierce received a gold medal in level 2, and tied for first place on vault with fellow Denmarkian Oscar Tonkin, with an incredible score of 9.1.

April Tonkin was Denmark’s only competitor in level 1 – and she sure did represent, gaining firsts on vault and bars, and a gold medal overall.

Lone level 1 April Tonkin gains gold with coach Katy Rutter. PHOTO KATY RUTTER

In level 2 Kiera Manganaro and Kit McDonald also received two firsts and gold medals overall.

Level 3 was a big step up for our girls, a lot of them competing for the first time.

Kiera Yorkshire secured the only gold medal and scored 8.4 on her vault, while Kira Clark was the highest scoring level 4, receiving a silver medal and an 8.25 on floor.

In a much enlarged field in level 5 this year, Indi Coates-Ahomiro came fourth and Bonnie Back sixth on vault, with Pheona Lefebvre fifth, Ginger Gleeson sixth on beam, and Indi Coates-Ahomiro sixth on bars and sixth overall.

The girls and boys put in an absolutely stellar effort, and have improved hugely, partly due to their ability to train extended hours and sessions in the new gym shed.

The club looks forward to seeing how this continues to grow the gymnastics family, who have pulled together and created a wonderful experience for these budding athletes.

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