Jimboomba gymnasts on the hunt for a state title

TITLES: Jimboomba Gymnastics' Jodi Wall (pictured) qualified for the states competition as well as Darcy Begley, Jayde Moore and Erin Cradden. Photo: Supplied
TITLES: Jimboomba Gymnastics' Jodi Wall (pictured) qualified for the states competition as well as Darcy Begley, Jayde Moore and Erin Cradden. Photo: Supplied

Three gymnasts from Jimboomba will compete in the Gymnastics Queensland Junior State Championships next week.

The championships will take place at the Sleeman Sports Complex at Chandler between September 16 and 19.

More than 1000 competitors from clubs throughout Queensland will be vying for the state title.

Darcy Begley will take part in the level four opens division, Jayde Moore will compete in the level four under 11 section and Erin Cradden will be in the level five under 11 division.

Jimboomba Gymnastics head coach Callie Wall said the girls qualified earlier in the year at Queensland sanctioned events where they had to score more than 34 points out of 40.

“Our girls all compete on separate days but that wont stop our Jimboomba crew heading up to support them,” she said.

“This will be the sixth year we have had girls from Jimboomba compete at this level.

“We did have four girls qualify, however, Jodi Wall has taken a step back from competing and is now in a coaching role at Jimboomba.”

Ms Wall said the coaching staff hoped the girls would place, but they were not putting pressure on the girls.

“We just want them to have a good safe competition,” she said.

“This is the big one, what they have all been working towards this year.”​

Gymnastics Queensland Chief Executive Officer Kym Dowdell said a total of 56 clubs would participate in the four-day event, with gymnasts taking to the floor as well as apparatus such as the vault, bars, rings and beam.

“The competitors have put months of hard work into perfecting their routines and are raring to go after successful performances at a regional level,” she said.

“Both male and female gymnasts will compete and I am confident we will see some impressive routines throughout the meet.”

Ms Dowdell said the junior state championships were one of the most significant events on the gymnastics calendar, and acted as a stepping stone for high-performing athletes to represent Queensland on the national stage.

“Competitors will have their sights set on achieving a place on the podium and this meet provides a great opportunity for up-and-coming gymnasts to learn from their peers.”

“I wish all competitors the best of luck with their final preparations and encouraged anyone with an interest in sport to come along and cheer on the participants.”

Head to Sleeman Sports Complex, Arena, corner of Tilley Road and Old Cleveland Road, Chandler, between September 16 and 19 to support the girls.

 Doors open at 8am on September 18 and 19 and at 7.30am on September 17 and 18. Tickets are available at the door.