Gymnasts vie for regional honours
THERE will be a flurry of leotards and hairspray this weekend as Warwick gymnasts head to Brisbane for the prestigious Queensland Regional Competition.
Girls and boys from aged 9-16 will go head-to-head with flexible competitors from Brisbane, the Gold Coast and other centres across the Darling Downs.
Gymnasts will compete on such apparatus as the vault, uneven bars and balance beam, as well as floor routines.
If they make it to the qualifying round, gymnasts will head to state titles to be held later in the year.
Head coach Greg Ryan is confident his students will excel at the weekend.
"They should do well," Ryan said. "If they compete like they've been training, they should qualify."
The gymnasts have been training for weeks for this event, one of the biggest competitions of the season.
"This is a really big one for us," Ryan said.
"All the girls are trying to qualify for the state titles and two have already qualified - Lindsay Ryan and India Peel."
He said nerves were starting to bubble in the veins of competitors.
"There are heaps of nerves because they all know they've got to try and get a qualifying score," Ryan said.
"For the boys, it's their first big competition at this level."
The boys will compete at Brisbane Grammar School with level-two competitions starting at 11am today and level three from 3pm.
Level five boys will compete from 3pm tomorrow.
The girls will compete at Moreton Bay College with level three from 11.30am and level four from 1.20pm today.
Level six girls will take to the floor from 3pm tomorrow.