Gymnasts shine at state level

Stawell Gymnastics Club members Bella Scott, Bec Hinchliffe and Adele Brand have competed as finalists at the Women's Victorian State Championships.

The event, which was held at the Geelong Arena over two weekends, showcased the top gymnasts in the state.

It was the second year in a row that both Bella and Bec reached the state finals, while it was Adele's first finals appearance.

Both Bella and Bec qualified for the level 10 finals and Adele contested the level five.

All three girls finished in the top tier of gymnasts in all four apparatus - floor, bars, beam and vault - at the Victorian Championship Qualifiers in Maffra last month.

Eleven year-old Brand who qualified thanks to her fifth placing at the qualifiers performed her routines well on the day and came 23rd in the finals.

Seventeen year-old Hinchliffe qualified 21st and came 24th in the finals. Bella Scott qualified at 31st and came 22nd in the finals.

Stawell Gymnastics Club coach Elissa Chalmers said all three girls strongest apparatus was the Bars with each finishing in the top 20.

"It is a great achievement for these girls to qualify for the Victorian championships," she said.

"Considering that they train half of the recommended hours for their levels, the skills that they achieve is quite incredible, and to go up against the best in the state and perform their routines to the standard that they do, we couldn't be more proud at the club.

"It is fantastic to see the inspiration that they get when competing at this standard of competition, and this inspiration filters down to the other gymnasts in the club, who look up to the girls in awe when they see them train. It gives the club a real lift."

Adele Brand: Vault 12.7, Bars 13.450 (17th place), Beam 11.850, Floor 13.266. Overall score 51.266.

Rebecca Hinchliffe: Vault 10.566, Bars 10.6 (19th place), Beam 9.650, Floor 11.35. Overall score 42.166.

Bella Scott: Vault 10.466, Bars 10.90 (14th place), Beam 9.950, Floor 11.20. Overall score 42.516.

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