Taren Point-based NSW Academy of Gymnastics have taken out the inaugural NSW State Club Championships.
The titles are a new competition for national gymnastics in levels five to 10 combining both men’s and women’s artistic gymnasts, judged and awarded as an overall team result.
Gymnastics NSW have made some changes to the sport over the last few years and head coach and owner of the NSW Academy of Gymnastics, Bill Parsons, along with his dedicated coaches, have spent three years in preparation for the competition to be able to give their gymnasts the best chance of success.
Held at Rooty Hill and covering the four disciplines (vault, bars, beam and floor), the NSW Academy of Gymnastics team showed off their academy spirit to take first overall club in NSW for women’s gymnastics.
It was also a memorable event for 10-year-old gymnast Melanie Persinidis competing in Level 5 who became the first girl in NSW to score a perfect 10 on vault this year.
“After six years of gym it was my first perfect 10 and even though I like to have fun I would like to compete for Australia one day,” Melanie said.
Making a comeback to competition, two of the young team’s coaches Olivia Tripi and Hannah Yarwood, had retired from competitive gymnastics five years ago but with three weeks before the competition began they put their leotards back on and helped support their team in levels 9 and 10.
“It’s unbelievable, after all our hard work we are still number one and after 45 years of competition we still have the best to come over the next decade,” Parsons said.
The NSW Academy of Gymnastics took out:
Level 5 Jnrs: 1st overall
Level 5 Int: 1st overall
Level 6 Jnr: 2nd overall
Level 6 Int: 1st overall
Level 7: 1st overall
Level 8: 2nd overall
Level 9/10: 4th overall