Gymnasts eye worlds

FOUR members of the Bendigo Gymnastic Centre have claimed a total of seven state titles in a stand-out display at the Victorian Trampoline Championships.The girls excelled at the championships held in Melbourne earlier this month.Bronte Boyles was particularly dominant, winning titles in all four disciplines.The girls won titles in the following age groups:Bronte Boyles, (age 9-10), first individual trampoline, double mini trampoline, tumbling and synchronised trampoline; Haylee Wellard, first junior elite tumbling, second under 17 tumbling, third under 17 synchronised trampoline; Jaclyn McAliece, first under 17 tumbling, second junior elite tumbling, third under 17 synchronised trampoline;Latisha Painter, first under 13 tumbling.Bendigo Gymnastic Centre director John Palmer said at least three of the girls would be competing in the World Trampoline Championships later this year.“That competition will be awesome,’’ Palmer said.“Fitness wise they’re the fittest girls around, but they’re going to need to have the right attitude.’’Palmer, who has previously worked with Russian and Chinese gymnasts, believes his young charges have the ability to challenge for a world crown.Haylee, 15, also competed in the Canadian world championships two years ago, and is the only Australian girl that can perform a triple twist.Jaclyn, 15, and Latisha, 11, also can stake a claim for a top five finish at the worlds, to be held in St Petersburg, Russia.“They all have inherent talent and amazing courage,’’ Palmer said.“They say if football was any tougher, you’d call it tumbling.“It’s certainly not a sport for the faint hearted.’’The BGC is seeking donations for world championship travel. Contact John on 5443 2737.

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