Cooroy gymnast, Finlay Jones, achieved one of his goals this year which was to qualify for his first National Gymnastics Championships. The competition was the culmination of ten years of training and being selected onto the Queensland State Team for the competition at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne. The two week event saw almost 1500 of Australia’s best competitors in the five gym sports vie for national titles.
On the first day of the mens two day competition, Finlay rallied together with his Queensland team mates to win the Level 7 Open Australian team title. The Queenslanders were clear winners of the event beating their rivals by over 7 points. The Cooroy gymnast was instrumental in the win with a day one high score 1.435 in front of the competition and contributing five out of six scores towards the team combined tally.
On the second day of their event, gymnasts were looking to bank a second round of consistent competition scores for the prestigious ‘all around’ title and the six individual apparatus championships that were up for grabs. Finlay was able to put together another consistent round sticking five out of six events to win the Level 7 Open Australian Championship with a score of 144.796 over the two days.
The second day of competition also sees the apparatus specialists coming forward in each event looking for a win in their pet events. Finlay stepped up to the challenge with another Australian Championship on parallel bars and a close second place on rings missing another win by just .067 of a point. Finlay had two other top ten finishes, with a fourth place on high bar and a seventh place on floor.
Finlay works daily with his coach Jeff who was ecstatic at his results. Jeff said, “Finlay has worked hard to achieve the win. He is now seeing the result of his dedication at training.” They will now work together and plan for next years event with new and bigger skills as their goal.