Jimboomba Gymnasts to compete at state

Moving Up: Jimboomba Gymnastics club gymnasts Jasmine Smith and Chelsea Carver both 15, have their sights set on becoming Level 8 gymnasts this year. Photo: Joshua Paterson.

Moving Up: Jimboomba Gymnastics club gymnasts Jasmine Smith and Chelsea Carver both 15, have their sights set on becoming Level 8 gymnasts this year. Photo: Joshua Paterson.

Jimboomba Gymnastics Club’s two highest level gymnasts are on a quest to become the club’s first ever level 8 gymnasts, a mission which begins with senior state titles this weekend.

15-year-old gymnasts Jasmine Smith and Chelsea Carver will both compete at the state championships at the Sleeman Sports Complex at Chandler on Friday and Sunday.

Should they do well at the titles they will be well on their way of achieving their goal of advancing from level 7 to level 8.

Chelsea who competed at the state titles last year was hopeful of both her and her club mate holding their own at the competition.

“Hopefully we will do alright, I think we are pretty confident, we will be competing in beam, vault, floor and bars on both days,” she said.

Carver has been involved in the sport for five years, while this will be Smith’s eighth year as a gymnast, and Smith said competing at the state level is the realisation of a goal.

“We have both been working towards this level for a really long time,” she said.

Both girls said they see the competition as perfect preparation for when they go for their Level 8 qualification at a competition in May.

“It would be huge achievement if we can get it,” Carver said.

The girls coach Tanya Kendrick-Ward who will attend the championships with the duo said she felt the girls were ready for a star showing.

“They’ve been training really hard, for quite a long time as well, so they’re pretty confident,” she said.

Kendrick-Ward said her coaching focus prior to the competition had been fine tuning the girls in specific areas.

“Probably just their dance and their finishes, stuff like that,”

“It is good preparation for them for May and also it will be the first time the club has had level 8’s, so it is exciting.”

Kendrick-Ward said the club has some more talent waiting in the wings to step up to the next level.

“I’ve got about five girls who are currently level six so they are still in the junior stream , hopefully a few of them will move up into the seniors and compete at level 7,” she said.

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