The 2019 Junior State Championships was recently held over the 7th and 8th of September in Kingston. It is one of the biggest competitions in the State, featuring the most upcoming gymnasts from level 3-6. It is both an individual and a team competition. Junior State championships is also a trial for gymnasts in level 6 and 7 to make the Trans Bass State Team representing Tasmania in Melbourne later in the year.
Our club had a very successful two days of competition, with achievements in both the individual and team competition, and also accomplishing some personal bests. All gymnasts were presented beautifully and represented their club with pride. Everyone should be very proud of their performances over the weekend and congratulations for finishing the junior competition season on a high note.
On day one of competition, gymnasts in level 5 and 6 opened the State championships with some amazing performances over all four events. Both our level 5 and 6 teams finished in fourth place in the team competition; they also received some individual placings. In level 5 in the 10 and under age division, Taylar Johnson won State Champion on Vault, and finished fifth over-all. Holly Sutcliffe was fifth on Vault, sixth on Bars, third on Beam, and sixth over-all. Isabel Walton also received fifth place on Beam.
In the level 6 competition Shauna Mason placed third on Vault in the 12 and over age division, Teah Williams finished sixth on Bars, with Mia Smith placing fourth. Allie Hardimon placed third on Bars, third on Beam, fifth on Floor, and finished fourth all-around.
Day two of Competition was the biggest day over the two days. There were 3 sessions of level 3 and 4 gymnasts competing against the best in the State. In the level 3 competition earning individual placings we had; Alannah Brimfield who finished fifth on Vault in the 7 years and under age division. In the 9 and under age division which was a very competitive field, Zavannah Brownrigg won State Champion on Bars and finished fifth on Vault. Emily Beard placed fourth on Bars, and third on Vault. Hayley Evans who competed in the 10-year-old age division placed third on Vault, Second on Beam, and finished fifth over-all. Shanae Jones also received a placing on Beam finishing in fourth place.
In the level 4 competition one of our teams finished in fourth place, there were also some individual achievements. Aimee Duguid competed in the toughest division over the two days and placed third on Vault, fifth on Bars, she won State Champion on Floor, and placed second all-around. Aimee was also runner up State Champion across all level 4 age groups which is a huge achievement.
In the 10-year-old age division Hollie Diprose placed fourth on Bars, third on Beam, fifth on Floor, and finished third over-all.
In the 11-year-old age division Bronte Weeding Placed third on Vault, she won State Champion on Floor, and placed fourth over-all. Paige Smith also received fourth place on Floor.
State Championships was the final Tasmanian competition of the year, everyone should be very proud of all they have achieved this year so far, and for those that competed for the first time well done on completing your first competitive season. The girls will be back in the gym inspired to work hard and achieve their new skills for the next competition season.
In two weeks time our level 6 team will be heading off to the Gold Coast to compete in the National Clubs Carnival, which is the biggest National levels competition in Australia featuring gymnasts from all states competing in level 6-10. Our team consists of; Allie Hardimon, Georgia Perry, Mia Smith, Shauna Mason, Teah Williams, and Taylar Johnson. We wish these girls the best of luck in their preparation for the competition.