Male gymnasts lead the way at Portland

STAWELL - Young male gymnasts flew the flag for Stawell Gymnastics Club at a meeting in Portland.

It was a competition held for those participating in levels one to four and featured participants from Stawell, Natimuk, Warrnambool, Portland, Mount Gambier and Hamilton.

The stand out for Stawell was in the level one men's section, with Max Ralph, Harley Healy, Matthew Haydon and Tristan combining to receive the overall first team medal.

Max was awarded third place on the high bar and pommel to finish third overall in the individual medal while Harley came second on the high bar and rings to receive second overall.

Matthew finished third on floor, second on rings and first on the pommel and Tristan was third on vault and second on pommel.

In the men's level three section Kylan Fitzpatrick competed well, teaming up with Warrnambool to finish second in the team medal.

For the women, Adele Brand finished second on beam, floor and bars to come away with second in the individual overall trophy.

Rebecca Lee and Melita Squire also shined, combining with Adele to finish fourth in the team award.

In the level three competition, Nicola Hateley received third on bars and joined Natimuk and Hamilton to win first overall team medal.

The club had six girls compete for Stawell in level two, which enabled it to submit two teams.

One team comprised of Tara Corcoran, Kira Dunn and Tahlia Wilson, who received medals for second team overall.

Tara was first on bars and Kira second on bars.

The second team comprised of Jessica Meyer, Daneika Clayton and Kirby Clayton, who also had a great day competing against many other teams and achieved eighth.

Kira Harrison, Makayla Bassett and Ashley Bassett also enjoyed success in women's level one section, with their team finishing eighth.

Meanwhile early last month, Stawell sent four talented gymnasts to Geelong.

Danni Hinchcliffe, Bec Hinchcliffe, Bridget Russell and Bella Scott competed at a judges invitational gymnastics competition for levels seven to 10.

It was the first time the Stawell Gymnastic Club has taken participants to this competition and they all competed well, returning home with a report and great feedback from the judges to assist in their preparations for the Victorian Championships.

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