On Tuesday 5 September, our Primary students competed at the Gymnastics Victoria, InterSchool Gymnastics Competition. This was held at CYC Gymnastics in Melbourne. Three teams competed in three separate sessions on Bars, Beam or Parallel Bars, Floor, Vault, Rings, in Acrobatics and then completed some safety jumps. The teams were coached by Mrs Bel Anderson, Jamison McFadden (Year 7) and myself. The students represented the school very well and made us all very proud. They conducted themselves extremely well, displaying a wonderful attitude, team effort and support, behaviour and performance.
The first team to compete were the Junior Blue Team. This team was comprised of boys and girls from Years 2 to 4. The eight student team of Jorja Thompson and Matilda Peat - Year 4, Montanah Southern, Clara Edgar and William Anderson - Year 3 and Aiden Anderson, Alexander Fraser and Cruz Apps - Year 2 were all competing for the first time and were very excited to be there. The boys had elected to compete on the parallel bars instead of the beam and were very successful in transferring their practise on simulated parallel bars (using 2 tables) to the actual apparatus. The CEO of Gymnastics Victoria was the judge for this apparatus and he was very impressed with our students’ standard of performance and the school’s commitment to bring students to the competition. Overall this team had a lot of butterflies and a lot of fun, achieving first place and the Team Spirit Award for the session.
The next two teams competed in the second session, each in a separate division. The Junior Blue team was made up of eight Year 4 girls, some of whom had competed before and others were there for the first time. They were Gabrielle Wade, Georgia Granger, Georgia Weier, Jilly Jones, Amelia D'Angri, Sophia Fraser, Tayli McKenna and Zena Colacino. The students were very nervous heading into their session. The first apparatus was acrobatics, which they completed smoothly and held each acrobatic hold solidly. They stuck all their beam routines, but appeared to have the most fun on rings where they were allowed to perform higher than required skills of an inverted hang and tuck backsault dismount, which was something many loved doing. This team placed third against some very tough competition.
The Senior Team consisted of eight students from Years 5 & 6 also with girls who had competed previously. They were Ella Bowler, Anastasia McLindon, Alexandra Romano, Elyse Kerr, Marli McKenna, Ava Charnas, Genevieve McLindon and Brodie Jardine. The girls performed exceptionally well on the floor with each routine completed with precision and the body tension required of a gymnast. They were all solid on the beam, and enjoyed the opportunity to complete their swings on the bar (ours are too low at school for them to practise this) and vaulted really well. Overall this team achieved an incredible second place against some really strong schools.
Once again our students received the team spirit award this session and the school chant was far and above the loudest and most enthusiastic of all schools there.
I would like to thank Bel and Jamison for helping me with coaching. Many hours of work went into getting the 24 students ready for the competition and the support of Bel and Jamison leading up to and at the competition was invaluable. I would also like to thank Mr Neil Treyvaud and Mrs Deb Jardine for their support on the bus and in the stands. Thanks to all the parents who supported and encouraged their children from purchasing leotards or singlets, to bringing their child to the bus at 6am, encouraging them and putting up with the continual handstands, cartwheels and forward rolls as they develop their gymnastics skills. This is all appreciated. Finally congratulations again to all the students who represented the school so well at this competition.
Mrs Kim McFadden