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Gudgeon junior girls’ champion


Gisborne Gymnastics Club added lustre to its proud 40-year history in its first competition of the 2021 season.

Gisborne received the Top Club award for having the highest average score in each of the six sessions comprising steps 1 to 6 at the Hawke’s Bay-Poverty Bay Junior Ribbon Competition in Hastings.

In addition, Gisborne’s Sarai Gudgeon was named HBPB junior girls’ champion after she dominated Step 6 competition.

In Step 1, India Gill won the all-round champion’s medal with a total score of  55.366 points.

She was first on the uneven bars, beam and floor, and third on the vault.

Her beam score was an impressive 14.3pts out of a possible 15.

Catalina Camero was second in the floor exercise and, with a score of 14.2, third on beam.

Lea O’Reilly had a first placing on the uneven bars with a score of 14.033.

Monroe Brouwer was fifth on vault.

In the teams event, Gisborne (Gill, O’Reilly, Camero and Brouwer) won silver behind Hastings, with Napier third.

In Step 2, Amarah Cameron won the all-round title with 55.116pts.

She was first on the uneven bars with a score of 14.066, the beam (14.2) and the floor, and was second on the vault.

Lizelle Duckworth was second all-round with 52.632pts.

She had a first placing on beam and second on vault (14.0), along with fourth placings on the bars and floor.

Alia Sims was fifth all-round, with a second placing on beam, third on vault and fifth in the floor exercise.

In the Step 2 team event, Gisborne (Cameron, Sims and Duckworth) won silver behind Napier, with Hastings third.

The Step 3 gymnasts swept both age division all-round titles — Aria Thorpe scoring 54.500pts and Capria Tamatea, 55.200.

Thorpe won the vault (14.2) and beam.

Tamatea had first placings on the beam (14.0) and floor (14.2) and a second placing on the uneven bars.

Haley Rolls was fourth all-round, with a third placing on beam, and fourth placings on bars and floor.

Georgiana Elmer was fifth all-round in her age division, with a second placing on beam.

Celena Bull had third placings on the vault and uneven bars.

The Step 3 team of Tamatea, Thorpe, Bull and Rolls won gold ahead of Napier and Hastings.

In Step 4, Lily Rolls was third all-round with 52.900pts. She was second on bars and beam, and third on floor.

Danielle Blair was fourth all-round with 51.350pts. She was third on vault, fourth on floor and fifth on beam.

Gisborne (Lily Rolls, Miriam Cornfeld, Blair and Olivia Gardiner) won silver in the teams event.

In Step 5, Georgia Hamblyn won the all-round title with 53.200pts.

She was first on beam, second on vault and bars, and third on floor.

Sarah Hawkins was second all-round with 52.100pts.

She was second on beam and floor, and third on vault and bars.

In Step 6, Sarai Gudgeon won all-round honours, with 54.150pts, and was first on the vault, beam and floor (14.0), and second on uneven bars. Her efforts earned her the title of HBPB junior girls’ champion.

Upcoming competitions will take Gisborne gymnasts to Palmerston North and Taupo.

Top Club: Members of Gisborne Gymnastics Club show their medals, certificates and ribbons following their success at a competition in Hastings. They are, kneeling at back (from left): Lily Rolls, Danielle Blair, Georgia Hamblyn, Sarai Gudgeon, Sarah Hawkins, Celena Bull and Capria Tamatea. Sitting: Catalina Camero, Monroe Brouwer, Lizelle Duckworth, Alia Sims, Miriam Cornfeld, Olivia Gardiner, Haley Rolls, Lea O’Reilly and Aria Thorpe. Front: Amarah Cameron. Inset: India Gill. Picture by Paul Rickard

  1. Julie O'Donnell says:

    Wow! Amazing participation by all these lovely up and coming gymnastic team. Congratulations to your coach and supporting parents.
    Gisborne proud.