Hard work stacks up
WHEN it comes to dedication, no one matches the girls from the United Gymnastics Academy.
A five-strong team from the Alstonville club is preparing to take part in the Level 6-10 trial in Sydney next month.
Mia Savage, Krystal Wallace, Suzi Scott, Samantha Savage and Leah Jenkins will be aiming for good performances at the event, which could be the first step towards potential national-level action.
Club head acrobatics coach Sharon Williamson said the kids' preparations had not been totally smooth, but she was impressed with their hard work.
"They are very determined and dedicated kids," she said.
"They want to show what they can do.
"Suzi has had a dog of a flu bug recently but she has kept on with her training.
"They are tough kids and a pretty strong bunch of girls."
Top young gymnasts from clubs across the state will attend the event, which takes place on Saturday, April 6.
Mia and Krystal will team up in the Level 7 pairs section, with Suzi, Samantha and Leah uniting for the Level 6 trios division.
Both teams have been working on eye-catching routines, incorporating towers, balancing and other intricate moves.
Williamson said the girls, who combine about 12 hours' training a week with school and other commitments, had been working on some precise manoeuvres.
"If they do not have the correct technique for the drills, then you cannot get through the trials," she said.
"You have to be careful with young bodies. If you do not have the right technique then accidents can happen."
The competition, which will be held at the Morris Iemma Indoor Sports Centre in Riverwood, is the first of two potential trials for the state competition.
A good performance at the state event would book teams places in the national titles later this year, alongside elite young Australian gymnasts.
"It is exciting," Williamson said.
"It is great seeing the girls work hard and doing their best.
"I hope when we get to the competition we can be on a par with the big clubs and show what we can so."
Anyone who could provide sponsorship for the team should contact Williamson on 0432826031.