Success for Stawell gymnasts

STAWELL - A number of young gymnasts successfully represented Stawell Gymnastics Club at a recent meeting held in Warrnambool.

Stawell joined Melbourne Eastern Suburbs, Natimuk, Warrnambool, Geelong, Portland, Mount Gambier and Hamilton at the event that saw four girls pass their gymnastics levels.

Adele Brand passed level four, Dani Hinchliffe and Emersyn Kennedy both passed level seven, and Bec Hinchliffe managed to get past level nine.

After a lot of hard work from Stawell Gym competitors and coaches, the club is starting to reap the rewards.

There have been some very high level performances even with the extreme disadvantage Stawell gymnasts have endured after losing a lot of training equipment in the floods of December 2011.

Adele Brand and Bec Hinchliffe managed to receive first overall individual trophies in levels four and nine.

Adele received first prize on beam, second on vault and bars, third on floor in the women's level four competition while Hinchliffe finished on top in bars and beam and second on vault and floor.

Taneya Burke and Eliza Marrow also competed extremely well in the level four.

In the women's level five competition, Tessa O'Callaghan performed very well and was in a combined team which was awarded a second overall team medal.

Dani Hinchcliffe, Bridget Russell and Emersyn Kennedy entered level seven as a team and also managed to take home a second overall team medal.

Dani finished second on beam and third on vault while Bridget came in third on bars and Emersyn took second on bars and floor.

Bella Scott competed in the women's level 10 section, finishing second on bars, floor, vault and beam to receive the second individual overall trophy.

In the women's level two competition, Stawell had 10 girls compete at this level which enabled the club to submit two teams.

Stawell's red team comprised of Tara Corcoran, Tahlia Marrow, Kira Dunn, Daneika Clayton and Jemma Peters.

Red managed to finish third, receiving medals for their effort.

The black team comprised of Tahlia Wilson, Jessica Meyer, Charlie Peters, Mia Carter and Kirby Clayton and came fourth overall.

Results for Stawell's successful girls (levels one and three) and boys will be reported in upcoming editions of The Stawell Times-News.

Meanwhile, Stawell Gymnastics Club has received a $750 donation from the Horsham Fishing competition.

The cheque is to help go towards equipment lost in the December 2011 floods. The club lost a lot of crash mats, carpeted mats and the sprung floor had rotted underneath and has to be replaced.

Ray Howard was on hand to present Stawell Gymnastics Club coach Nicole Coates with the cheque which will go towards buying a crash mat.

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