Flagstone's gymnast Dylan Parker wins silver medal at Australian Gymnastics Championships

FLAGSTONE is now home to Australia's number two ranked level seven under 13 gymnast.

BALANCE: Flagstone gymnast Dylan Parker competed at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in May. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

BALANCE: Flagstone gymnast Dylan Parker competed at the Australian Gymnastics Championships in May. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Dylan Parker represented Queensland in the Australian Gymnastics Championships at Melbourne which started on May 20.

The 12-year-old gymnast won gold for high bar and silver for vault, pommel and overall individual achievement.

Parker was the best performing Queenslander, with the state team also winning a silver medal.

This comes after Parker won first place at the Queensland Gymnastics Senior State Championships in the under 13 level seven category at the Sleeman Sports Centre from April 11 to 14.

ON THE RISE: Flagstone gymnast Dylan Parker won silver at the Australian Gymnastics Championship at Melbourne in May. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

ON THE RISE: Flagstone gymnast Dylan Parker won silver at the Australian Gymnastics Championship at Melbourne in May. Photo: WinkiPoP Media

Coach Trent Lawrie said Parker came a long way since starting his junior gymnastics career in level five two-and-a-half years ago.

"He is not one of those young boys who relies on natural ability. He has to work hard," he said.

"He has shown his willingness over the past 12 months to work harder.

"At the start of this year he moved up to level seven under 13's where he found his first taste of success winning state championships for the first time."

Parker spent 16.5 hours a week training for the national championships over four afternoons and Saturday mornings.

His national success puts him in a good position to progress to level eight next year.

The top competitive gymnastics level is 10.

Coach Lawrie said a solid strategy had been adopted to ensure Parker could perform to the best of his ability.

"We knew what his strengths were in terms of horizontal bar and pommel...we needed to make sure weaknesses were worked out with the vaults and parallel bar routine," he said.

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