Cooroy Gymnasts win at State Championships

Cooroy Gymnasts win at State Championships

Gymnasts from all over Queensland traveled to Brisbane to compete at the Queensland Senior State Championships. The event was held at the Chandler Stadium where gymnasts chased state titles and selection to the Australian Championships to be held in Melbourne during May.

This year the Cooroy Gymnastics Club sent a team of 4 gymnasts, one level 7 and three level 8 competitors. The boys who train between 18 and 20 hours per week, balance school and their love of the sport pushing themselves for selection to the National Championships.

Flynn McKeown represented Cooroy in the level 7 division in his first senior state competition. Despite his lack of senior competition experience, Flynn did well finishing 10th in the all around competition. In the second day of competition, whilst not finishing on the podium he was able to place 6th on both floor and parallel bars.

The level 8 gymnasts pushed themselves, adding a high degree of difficulty to their routines to gain maximum returns from the judges. Walking a fine line between higher rewards for difficulty and losing marks for errors, the boys posted some great scores. Despite some falls, especially on the technical pommel horse, Cooroy was able to finish 1st and 3rd on the first day in the prestigious all around competition.

Day two saw more great results for the boys with two more state titles on apparatus and 3 other podium finishes in the finals.

    Results:
  • Finlay Jones 1st All Around, 1st Rings, 1st Parallel Bars, 2nd Floor, 2nd Vault
  • Dean Chandler 3rd All Around
  • Lyam Chandler 3rd Floor

Both Dean and Finlay have been selected to travel to Melbourne to represent Queensland at the Australian Championships in three weeks time. Both gymnasts will be working with coach Jeff to try and improve their routines and fitness.

 

Gymnasts Compete at South East Queensland Championships

Gymnasts Compete at South East Queensland Championships

Four gymnasts from the Cooroy Gymnastics Club recently travelled to the Gold Coast to compete at the South East Queensland Gymnastics Senior Regional Championships, with all athletes competing on all six apparatus.The trio of Dean Chandler, Lyam Chandler and Finlay Jones had a strong competition with eight podium finishes between them, including two out of three top placings in the all around and a total of three regional championships.

The event hosted almost 250 of the states best gymnasts at the Coomera stadium, which was the venue for the Commonwealth Games. Competition was strong with competitors in all divisions looking for a good result in preparation for this months State Championship Event.

Flynn Mackeown had his first senior level competition at the event, competing strongly on all apparatus in the level seven division. He came a very credible sixth place on floor and finished just outside the top ten in the all around.

The club had a strong team in the level eight division with three competitors who have experienced some previous success at the senior level.

All four gymnasts are now focusing on Queensland Senior State Championships which are held in Brisbane between 11 to 14 April at the Chandler Centre.

The boys coach Jeff said, “We are working on eliminating deductions and looking for better consistency in our routines. Our focus is on scoring better at State Championships.”

The gymnasts will be training six days per week focusing on strong clean routines with an on to selection onto the Queensland Team.

    Results
  • Finlay Jones: 1st all around, 1st rings, 3rd high bar
  • Dean Chandler: 3rd all around, 1st pommel, 3rd parallel bars
  • Lyam Chandler: 3rd rings, 2nd vault

 


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