North Coast gymnasts shine at Sydney competition
Members of the North Coast Academy of Gymnastics finished among the leading lights in several events at the recent 2013 NSW State Gymnastics Championships.
Gymnasts from across the state took part in the event, held at the Liverpool Catholic Club Sports Complex in Sydney.
Academy managing director Mahala Klotz said that most of her centre's 22 competitors finished in the top six places, with many taking top prizes.
One of those was nine-year-old Sports Aerobic gymnast Shakira Jefferys, who won all trials before winning the 2013 State Aerobic Level 3 Sub-Junior Individual trophy.
She and fellow contestant Charlotte McLaren teamed up to win the pairs trophy.
Although new to the sport, fellow nine-year-old Charlotte has taken enthusiastically to gymnastics.
She started sports aerobics, which involves high-intensity movement patterns to music, at the start of this year.
"Shakira did other disciplines but changed to Sports Aerobics strength-based skills gymnastics," mum Cassandra said.
"Her commitment saw her win all of her trials in the lead-up, before winning at State.
"Shakira is following her sister Demi who competed at the 2004 Athens Olympics in floor, bar and vault."
Shakira's first competition was at an event at Lismore's St John's College Woodlawn where she finished 3rd (individual), and 1st (pairs).
She has placed at the Sunshine Coast 2, Sydney and the Gold Coast.
Other academy gymnasts to shine included Chelsea Clark, Lauren Condon, Maddi Kerr, Matilda Narvo, and Mariah Smith.