Moss Vale Gymnastics competes at Festival of Gymnastics

TOP PERFORMERS: Moss Vale Gymnastics competed at the Festival of Gymnastics at Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre on the weekend. Photo: Contributed
TOP PERFORMERS: Moss Vale Gymnastics competed at the Festival of Gymnastics at Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre on the weekend. Photo: Contributed

Moss Vale Gymnastics has achieved state-level success.

The club competed at the Festival of Gymnastics at Sydney Gymnastic and Aquatic Centre on the weekend, and received an endorsement for the World Gymnaestrada.

The World Gymnaestrada is the largest gymnastics festival in the world, and has been hosted by different cities around the world.

The club had eight gymnasts compete in the team gym division and 11 gymnasts in the performance division, with a total of 19 competitors.

Moss Vale Gymnastics owner and coach Kim Morse-Evans said while club members have not decided if the gymnasts will compete in the world event, it was a step forward.

“It’s the first time we’ve been accepted for an endorsement,” Morse-Evans said.

“It’s there for us as a future goal.”

Moss Vale’s team gym competitors Red Velvet received a gold rating for their performance, and a silver rating overall against other teams in the state.

The team showed off their skills in three divisions including apparatus, synchronised mini trampoline and tumbling.

Meanwhile the performance team received a silver rating for its performance.

“We’re really pleased [with the results]. They’ve worked hard all year,” Morse-Evans said.

“It’s been a good end to the year. It’s especially for those that competed in the competition for the first time.”

Morse-Evans said the gymnasts gained valuable experience from the competition.

“Gymnastics can be an individual sport. They’ve made it a team sport,” she said.

“They’ve benefited from all that goes with that, like working together and friendships.”

“They learn to rely on each other, and to work together.”

The result at the competition was due reward for hard work for the gymnasts.

The team gym competitors practiced for two hours a week all year, and for four hours a week in the weeks leading up to the competition.

Meanwhile the performance group practiced their routine for eight hours a week for the entire year.