GYMNASTS SHINE AT NT CHAMPIONSHIPS

It was a jam packed 2 days of competition at Marrara Indoor Stadium as the top gymnasts in the NT went head to head for the 2020 Gymnastics Northern Territory Championships.

With over 180 athletes competing across four gymnastics disciplines, it was an electric weekend of competition. It was the team from Elemental that shone in the Rhythmic Gymnastics event, with Bridget Sharp announced the level 4 state champion.

In Acrobatic gymnastics, the team of Lucy Cameron, Madison Lefebvre and Jade Palmer took out the highest honour, placing 1st All Around in level 4, the highest Acrobatic level at the Championships.

With COVID restrictions placing additional strain on judging capacity, judges from both Sydney and Melbourne Zoom’ed in for the event, remotely judging both the rhythmic and acrobatic competition.

Over in Artistic Gymnastics, Ernst Rothlisberger of Territory Gymnastics Academy took out the top spot, placing 1st all around in the men’s level 4 competition.

It was a highly contested Women’s event with Gymnastics NT welcoming all of the competitive clubs across the Northern Territory, with the exception of Alice Springs Gymnastics Club who were not able to attend for the first time in the last 18 years. The crowds were wowed by the ladies of Territory Gymnastics Academy level 8 athletes, who were each seeking qualification on the NT State Team for the 2020 Australian Championships. After a tight competition, Chelsea Pears was titled the level 8 Champion, narrowly beating training partner Hannah Nawirridj by just 0.2 of a mark.

Gymnastics NT Executive Director Jayde Martin passes on her congratulations to all participants.

“It has been a tough year for our athletes, with lockdowns leading to (many) months without training. We are so proud of all of our clubs and athletes who have continued their training. Watching all of the great performances this weekend, it is clear that the hard work is paying off,” said Ms Martin.

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