Gymnasts go for gold at annual awards night

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Gymnasts go for gold at annual awards night

January 20, 2014

More than 160 gymnasts, coaches, judges and club managers from around Queensland gathered at Tattersall’s Function Centre in Brisbane on Friday, 17 January to participate in the Gymnastics Queensland Annual Awards Dinner and celebrate excellence in the sport.

The awards recognise those clubs that demonstrate best practice on a variety of levels and are achieving sustained member growth, as well as individuals that excelled in gymnastics performance, coaching and judging in the past 12 months.

Gymnastics Queensland Chief Executive Officer Kym Dowdell said the event was a great opportunity to recognise the standout performers within the sport.

“By applauding those clubs and individuals that set the benchmark, we hope to encourage others to follow suit and to continue to raise the bar of gymnastics across the state,” Ms Dowdell said.

The very prestigious ‘Gymnastics Queensland Club of the Year’ award was presented to Gold Coast Gymnastics Club to recognise their outstanding performance in 2013. Highlights for the club included being the first club in Australia to achieve a membership of over 2,000 (which represented 15 per cent membership growth for the year); an excellent coach traineeship and mentoring program; placing 13 athletes on the state teams in men’s and women’s gymnastics and coaching the 2013 Men’s National Club Champion.

Other clubs recognised at the awards evening included performance clubs for each discipline: The Women’s Artistic Gymnastics (WAG) Performance Club award went to Delta Gymnastics Brisbane, the Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Performance Club award was given to Gold Coast Gymnastics Club, Robertson Gymnastics Club took out both the Trampoline Performance Club and Acrobatics Performance Club awards, Moreton Bay College was awarded the Rhythmic Gymnastics Performance Club award and the Aerobatics Performance Club award went to Intensity Sports Aerobics.

The gymnastics night of nights also recognised outstanding performance in individuals with Mitchell Morgans from Lawnton Gymnastics Academy being awarded 2013 MAG Gymnast of the Year, Amaya King Koi from Moreton Bay College named as 2013 WAG Gymnast of the Year and Jarrod Spear from Victoria Park Gymnastics & Trampoline Club is the 2013 Senior Athlete of the Year for Trampoline Sports.

Three athletes were awarded the 2013 International Stream Athlete of the Year for Sport Aerobics namely Elizabeth Jacobs, Amy Lang and Elodie Rousseau from Robertson Gymnastics Academy. The Frank Vig Sportsmanship Awards were presented to Temika Ahsam from Bayside PCYC for trampoline sports and to Scott Costin from Brisbane Grammar School Gymnastics Club for Artistic Gymnastics.

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