It?s a tough road for those who take on the gymnastics world

By STEVE SPINKS

GYMNASTICS is one of the toughest sports in the world.

Its athletes are so finely tuned, that many other sports ? including rugby league ? seekthe benefits that gymnastics can offer.

The Parramatta rugby league club have been conducting gymnastics sessions for their first grade team all season.

So when a local girl does well at gymnastics you know she's tough.

And Kyogle's Georgia Farenden is definitely tough.

The 11-year-old returned from the NSW Championships in Sydney last month with a silver medal and plenty of respect from her opponents.

Competing in the level 1A senior, Farenden took silver on the floor.

She followed up that performance with a fourth on possibly the hardest gymnastics apparatus ... the beam.

Seasoned competitors struggle doing routines on the restrictive wood of the beam.

Her strong showing during the whole competition meant she placed fourth overall.

Farenden trains in Lismore at least eight hours a week with the North Coast Academy of Gymnastics.

Add to that the travel from Kyogle and you cane see that the young Kyogle gymnast is dedicated to her sport.

Earlier this year, Farenden was crowned the FNC Regional Champion.



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