Three firsts for gymnastics

Mia Bent (centre) and Kiara Galiani-Ferrer made the podium in women’s step two.

Three students from the Mahurangi Gymnastics Club took first place in their categories at the Northland Gymnastics Championships last month.

Nine other clubs competed at the event – Whangarei, Bay of Islands, Fantastic Gymnastics, Kerikeri, Kaitaia, Active Attitude, Te Puke, Impact Gymnastics Tauranga, Howick and Gymsports Manukau.
Mia Bent, aged 11, came first in the women’s step two category while Max Dysart, aged nine, came first in men’s level two. Sophia Barnett, aged nine, came first in women’s step one.

Mahurangi Gymnastics Club coach Liz Davie-Martin says the overall results were not as strong as some in previous years, but she was happy with the performance.

“We do really well considering the time we spend in the gym and we are always above average when we compete,” Liz says.

In the teams events, Mahurangi took four second placings and one third.

“The Northland competition is great because it combines the smaller club members so they can compete in the teams’ event, which gives them another chance to win a medal.

“We enjoy going to Whangarei as it’s a friendly club and the competitions are less daunting for the children than those in Auckland.”

Other competitors from Mahurangi were Willow Dysart, Emily Mahady, Maria Dodiarto, Corbin Ashford, Kiara Galliani-Ferrer, Olivia Fox, Ruby Smith and Sophie Murray.


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