ELISE Baxter, 14, from the NSW Academy of Gymnastics at Miranda, has won a gold medal at the Australian championships in Melbourne.
Her outstanding performance, along with team coach Chris Kanevsky, led the way for her NSW team to win gold in the level eight women’s artistic gymnastics team event.
Her coach Bill Parsons, who founded the academy, said this broke a six-year drought for a NSW women’s artistic team to win a gold at national level.
Elise followed through the next day by winning a gold medal in the vault finals and a bronze medal in the level eight all-round final.
Elise has trained at the academy since she was three.
‘‘Elise continued her success this year by becoming the overall winner and placing on each apparatus, in the highest division at the NSW Combined High Schools state competition,’’ Parsons said.
He said another two competitors from the NSW Academy of Gymnastics had standout performances at the national championships, they are, Kiara Wark and Maddison Daley.
Kiara and Maddison, 13, both came home with a silver medal for the level seven team event. Maddison also won silver for the vault final.
Stephanie Magiros, 23, did an amazing job coming back to women’s artistic gymnastics after a six-year break, taking out a bronze for the level 10 team event and a bronze in the vault finals.
Parsons said Magiros returned to the sport after competing in snow boarding. at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.
‘‘Stephanie only had eight weeks to prepare for the gymnastics championships,’’ Parsons said.
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Talented athletes: NSW Academy of Gymnastics competitors Elise Baxter (front) and (from left) Kiara Wark, Sage Anderson, Maddison Daley, Stephanie Magiros, Tess Anderson and Jaymi Aronowitz at the Bill Parsons Miranda academy. Picture: John Veage