Cooroy Gymnast Wins State Championship 2018

Cooroy Gymnast Wins State Championship 2018

Finlay Jones from Cooroy Gymnastics Club achieved one of his sporting goals this weekend, with selection into the Queensland State Gymnastics Team.

Finlay is a year 11 Student at Noosa District State High. He has been training at Cooroy Gymnastics  Club for 10 years, which has become his second home.  Training with his coaches Jeff and Rico, he prepares to compete on all six mens apparatus in the level 7 division.

This weekend he competed at the Queensland Senior State Championships which were held at the Chandler Centre in Brisbane.  The event included gymnasts from all over Queensland vying for state titles and selection into to Queensland State Gymnastics Team. Over the 4 days, the championships saw nearly 500 of the states best competitors from almost 50 club showcasing their sporting prowess.

Men's Gymnastics requires competitors to compete over the six apparatus on the first day for the prestigious all around award.  The second day of competition is for individual apparatus awards where apparatus specialists do well in their pet events.

Working hard to maintain consistency throughout the first day of competition, Finlay achieved his highest ever result at a State Championship in the all around finishing 3rd.  His consistent efforts on each apparatus were rewarded where he achieved some personal best scores on rings and pommel.

The second day of competition on Saturday was a much tougher event, with gymnasts pulling all tricks out of the bag to win titles on their favourite apparatus.  The apparatus finals see gymnasts attempting much bigger skills to add difficulty to their routines in an attempt to increase the apparatus score.

Finlay competed on floor as his first apparatus, scoring 13.5 winning him the level 7 Open State Championship.  In his second event pommel, he managed another podium finish even after hitting the pommel hard, placing 3rd.  In a consistent day of competition, Finlay achieved two other top ten finishes on Parallel Bars and High Bar.

Finlay is now focusing on the National Championships which will be held in Melbourne at Hisense Arena from the 21st May until the 4th of June.


Dual Olympian helps local Gymnasts prepare for Queensland State Championships

Dual Olympian helps local Gymnasts prepare for Queensland State Championships

Gymnasts from the Cooroy Gymnastics Club had a visit from one of Australia’s most successful gymnasts Bennon Dowrick, as they prepare for the upcoming Queensland Junior State Championships.

Brennon represented Australia at two Olympic games, three Commonwealth Games and seven World Championships. He was Australia’s first ever gymnastics Commonwealth Games Gold Medallist in 1990, a feat he repeated in 1994. He also was Australia’s first Olympic games finalist at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games. Brennon Dorick now tours the world as a Motivational Speaker addressing multi-national clients.

His visit was to help the Gymnasts prepare themselves for the upcoming State Championships which will be held at the Sleeman Centre in Brisbane from the 16th until the 20th of September. Through his experience as an elite gymnast he passed on his knowledge about training, motivation, focus and the importance of building strong foundations.

This years Queensland State Championship will host over 1000 competitors from 55 clubs who have qualified for the event. Cooroy Gymnastics Club will send a team of 11 girls and 7 boys who will compete against the best gymnasts in the state in levels 3 - 6.


Gymnastics Hand Protection JAWS

Gymnastics Hand Protection JAWS

For many young gymnasts sore hands can become a real problem during bars and rings.
Cooroy Gymnastics Club are always on the lookout for ways to help our young gymnasts to achieve a happier and more productive training session.

A local Sunshine Coast business JAW Global have a local solution.  Not just Australian made but made in Coolum....

JAW hand guards are perfect for young gymnasts who get sore hands.  These hand guards can be worn for the whole training session, not just the bars or rings session.  They are soft with velcro attachments and can be washed in cold water.

They can be chalked up and will assist in the preventing rips and blisters on the hands that will mean more turns swinging and better progression and learning experiences.

  • All products are handmade in Australia
  • It was the first and is still the best quality fabric hand grip option
  • The grips have the best longevity of all in the market

The hand grips will available from the club in limited colour choice for $24.50 or on line at Jaw Global for $33 plus postage.
We have gloves to try on for sizing in the office where you can place your order.

JAW Global - Saving Hands... One Athlete At A Time!


Gymnasts Rule the Slopes

Gymnasts Rule the Slopes

What else do gymnasts do? 

Gymnasts from Cooroy Gymnastics Club have excelled at the recent Qld and Northern NSW Ski competition.

The Gymnasts who attend St Andrews School all finished on the podium,

Bethani first in Moguls for QLD, 3rd in Alpine and Skier Cross.

Sian and Nia 1st as a team for Moguls and Nia Second individula and Sian 3rd individual.

Sian and Nia Also 3rd for Skier Cross as a team.
Well done girls.


Noosa Gymnast Wins Australian Title

Noosa Gymnast Wins Australian Title

Noosa Gymnast Kyle McCartney has returned from the Australian Gymnastics Championships in Melbourne with an Australian Title and three other awards.

Competing at the end of May over two days at Hisense Arena in Melbourne, Kyle was the first representative for the Cooroy Gymnastics Club to compete for the Queensland State Team at Nationals.

Kyle won his National title on Pommel finishing a clear 1st and scoring well on the pommel over the two days of competition. The pommel is probably the most technical of all gymnastics apparatus for men. He kept his routine clean and was rewarded for his consistency with the highest scores on both days.

Kyle finished on the podium with a 2nd place on floor which is his favourite event. His floor routine was packed with difficulty including layout triple twist as well as sticking his double back and front somersaults. Kyle also finished in third place on parallel bars contributing to his overall achievement.

Competing over the six apparatus with such consistency over two days of competition saw Kyle awarded 3rd place in the all around division. His all around two day score of 138.06 ranks him 14th in Australia amongst our Senior International mens devision despite him turning 18 just days before the competition. This is a great achievement for the Sunshine Coast Grammar student who is also completing year 12.

Kyle has now been short listed for an international open tour at the end of the year where he hopes to compete at his first international event.

It has been a great effort from both Kyle and his Coaches Rico and Jeff.


Noosa Gymnasts Compete at AGDA Invitational

Noosa Gymnasts Compete at AGDA Invitational

The weekend of 13/14th May took a group of excited, motivated and hard working girls to their first competition of the year, the AGDA Invitational held at Deception Bay.

On the Saturday morning we had the level 3 girls comprised of Ashanti, Heidi and Taylah. Heidi placed 6th overall, coming 3rd on vault, 5th on beam and 6th on floor.

Next up were the level 4 girls, Bethani, Cheyne, Monique, Piper and Sarah. Monique placed 2nd on floor, Sarah 5th on floor and Cheyne placed 5th overall, achieving 6th on vault, 6th on bars and 4th on floor.

On Mother's Day the levels 5-7 girls made their mums proud with their achievements. First up was level 5 with Georgia, Izzy and Kaitlyn.

In the under 13's, newest team member Kaitlyn did exceptionally well to achieve 1st overall, with 2nd on vault, 4th on bars, 1st on beam and 6th on floor. Coming in just behind her for 2nd overall was Izzy with 5th on vault, 2nd on bars, 4th on beam and 1st on floor. Georgia in the over 13's placed 3rd overall with 1st on bars and 6th on beam.

Our single level 6 Amie achieved 4th overall with 4th on vault, 1st on beam and 6th on floor.

Level 7 Kaity was 3rd overall with 2nd on vault, 3rd on bars, 3rd on beam and 1st on floor. Kaity showed true champion style when her floor music stopped and she continued with her routine to the audience clapping in time.

For their first competition at their new level for the year Georgia, Izzy, Amie and Kaity did amazingly, well done girls.

Congratulations to all gymnasts for competing and on your achievements.


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