Gymnasts win 21 medals at champs


Central Otago gymnasts made waves on the national stage, winning 21 medals at the recent New Zealand Gymsport Championships.

Fourteen gymnasts from the district went to Invercargill to compete in the championships last month.

Spokeswoman Tonee Irvine said the girls who competed at this year’s event had a range of experience, with some first timers and some who had been before.

“We had some pretty good results for the number of girls we had.”

competition at this year’s event was high, with gymnasts travelling from all over the country to compete, she said.

Central Otago’s senior gymnasts, who were aged between 13 and 17, were competing against women who were 20.

Irvine said in the 9-11-year-old class the girls were up against 18 other competitors, when in other years there had been fewer than 10.

The senior gymnasts went into the competition hoping to better their personal bests, which they all achieved, she said.


Central Otago Gymnasts Results at the 2016 New Zealand Gymsports Championships

Level 3 Individual, 9-11-year-olds: Summer Claridge8th. Level 4 Individual, 9-11-year-olds: Molly Mason-GalletlyIndividual, 12-14-year-olds: Millie RyanHarrisonIndividual, 15-year-old plus: Lily TierneyIsabella TierneyMason-Galletly – 6th. Level 3 Group: Paige IrvineMcFadyen(11) – 2nd. Level 4 Group: Isabella Tierney, Molly Mason-Galletly and Taylah Reeves (10)- 3rd. Level 5 Group: Lily Tierney, Mille Ryan and Abbie Harrison – 1st. Open Level 4, 15-year-old plus: Ally Nicholls 7th. Open Level 4 Pairs, 15-year-old plus: Teighan Irvine Ally Nicholls – 1st. Millie Ryan and Keeleigh Jones – 3rd. Open Level 4 Group, 15-year-old plus: Teighan Irvine, Keeleigh Jones and Ally Nicholls – 3rd. Aerodance: Teighan Irvine, Keeleigh Jones, Lily Tierney, Millie Ryan, Abbie Harrison and Ally Nicholls – 4th.Running sneakers/New Releases Nike