It’s one of the most hotly contested events on the state gymnastics calendar, and is expected to see in excess of 1,000 talented gymnasts from across Queensland and beyond put their sporting prowess on show on the Sunshine Coast between 23 and 27 June.
The recent loss of the Maroochy Beach Gymnastics Club to fire won’t keep the club down, with its gymnasts joining those from Cooroy Gymnastics Club, Maroochy Beach Gymnastics Club, Sunshine Coast Gymnastics Academy and YMCA Caloundra Gymnastics Club in putting their best foot forward at the event.
Gymnastics Queensland Chief Executive Officer Kym Dowdell said the annual Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) State Club Championships would be held at the Caloundra Indoor Stadium, with the much-anticipated Border Challenge competition and Special Olympics also scheduled as part of the event.
“The Border Challenge competition welcomes clubs from Western Australia, ACT, New South Wales and Victoria, creating some friendly state rivalry as our home-grown gymnasts battle it out for the top spot – and, of course, bragging rights,” Ms Dowdell said.
“We’re also thrilled to have gymnasts from Singapore joining the WAG competition line-up this year, which will add an international flavour to the event and really heighten the stakes as participants compete for some of Queensland’s most coveted gymnastics medals.”
“While other state championship events focus on competing as individuals, this meet will see teams from various clubs take to the floor and display their teamwork and group spirit, culminating in the best team being crowned the State Club Champions.”
Ms Dowdell said gymnasts were currently working hard to perfect their routines.
“Meets such as this one are a great precursor to the 2018 Commonwealth Games, with many of the state’s gymnasts having their sights firmly set on making the national team.”
“Competitors will have the opportunity to learn from one another, improve their technique and develop new skills.”
“More than 35 clubs are enrolled to participate, with athletes taking to apparatus such as the vault, rings, parallel bars, horizontal bar, pommel horse, uneven bars and balance beam as well as completing floor routines throughout the event.”
Ms Dowdell said with plenty of high-energy routines on display, the gymnastics event would make for an entertaining and enjoyable day out for anyone with an interest in the sport or simply looking for a fun family activity.
“Members of the public are invited to come along and watch some of the country’s most skilled gymnasts in action as they deliver complex moves and displays of flexibility and strength.”
“Entry is free for children under 18, with adult tickets available at the door and starting from just $10 per session.”
The Gymnastics Queensland WAG and MAG State Club Championships and Border Challenge will be held at the Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North Street, Golden Beach on 23-28 June.
For further details regarding this event, please visit www.gymqld.org.au.
Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) and Men’s Artistic Gymnastics (MAG) State Club Championships
Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North Street, Golden Beach
Free entry for under 18s and adult tickets $10pp
Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North St, Brisbane
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