Last week was Gymsports 2016 Nationals down in Invercargill. Our coaches are very proud of our gymnasts who competed with some achieving personal goals and others placing ahead of the pack in their grades.
Day one, we had our level 4 and 5 gymnasts compete all 3 of their apparatus. All competitors in level 4 were looking fabulous which didn't scare our level 4s. Krista, Anna, and Emili performed each routine beautifully making them a strong team and individually making them strong contenders for individual placings. Krista had a clean sweep placing first in all three apparatus and overall- the only levels gymnast in the RG team. Anna received 2nd in Hoop, placing 3rd overall and Emili placed 4th in clubs placing 7th overall out of 60 competitors across NZ! Congratulations for making it into the top 20 in a very competitive grade.
The level 5s had fierce competition with strong competitors from Counties and Nelson clubs. It was Kyla and Karin's first nationals competing for Auckland, and we are very proud of you making it into the top 20 out of 50 competitors. Saartje's best result was 4th in Freehand!
Day two was a big day for all. We had level 9, level 10, Stage 3, Stage 4, and Junior and Senior Internationalist compete two of their apparatus. There were many nerves on their first day; however, there were amazing performances.
Our level 6s performed all three routines. Melissa had three solid performances placing her 17th overall. Between 12th and 18th overall placings, they were all very close from one another with 0.1-0.8 differences. Kate placed 8th overall, with her best apparatus placing 5th in hoop. Hannah placed 1st in ball and 2nd in ribbon, having an overall placing of 2nd.
On day three, the level 9 and 10s, stage 3 and 4s and junior and seniors finished competing, and the level 8s started their competition.
Our level 9s were great with great results! Abbey placed 1st in ball, 2nd in hoop and rope, placing 2nd overall. Paige had a great 2nd day of her competition with her best routine placing 4th in ball. Juliette was on fire this competition reaching her personal best scores on the 2nd day. Her best routine was clubs where she was most confident and placed 5th. Fleur also had a great competition with placing 3rd in ball and missing out on coming 3rd overall by 0.2!
Our level 10s competed with flair and style. Amberley performed her four routines the best she has done at a competition this year, placing 5th in ball. Katherine performed beautifully as always and placed 4th in ribbon, placing 6th overall. Cat's best score was 11.300 in hoop placing her 4th, and overall 5th. Cheyenne was a superstar and the most successful out of the level 10s. She placed 3rd in hoop, 1st in ball, 2nd in clubs and 3rd in ribbon. Overall 2nd! She was honoured at the closing ceremony with the Tanya Moss Barry cup with the highest levels score in the competition.
The stage 3's as a whole competed very well with some reaching personal best scores. We were very proud to see when we had a clean sweep with 3 of our girls placing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd! It was Anya, Maurizia and Maia's first nationals and Haneeta, Da Yeon and Alicia's 2nd nationals. Anya's best was rope with an apparatus placing of 5th. Maurizia's best performance was her freehand, receiving her best score of 8.850. Maia's best was her new freehand, receiving an 8.300 (her first score in the 8s this season!). Haneeta placed 3rd in freehand and rope and 1st in clubs, placing 3rd overall. Alicia placed 2nd in hoop and clubs, with an overall place of 2nd. Our sassy Da Yeon placed 1st in freehand, rope, and hoop, giving her the advantage of placing 1st overall. Da Yeon was honoured in performing at the closing ceremony with Clementine Hutchison and Keziah Oliver.
Our stage 4s were amazing with outstanding results. Karina achieved her best score in ball with 8.517. Sarah had her best competition this season placing 4th in hoop and 5th in rope, overall 5th. Naomi performed with full energy (as always) and placed 3rd overall with apparatus placings of 2nd in clubs and rope. Laylah was incredibly successful and placed 1st overall. She had apparatus placings of 3rd in rope, 1st in hoop and clubs, and 2nd ball.
After the juniors all round competition there were some great performances. Maria placed 4th overall; Aya was 5th overall and Havana 5th overall. Havana's best score was in hoop when she received an 11.350. Aya's best performance in finals was her rope where she placed 3rd! Again, Stella didn't let team Auckland down where she placed 1st overall in the all-rounds and finals- another clean sweep! She had a personal best of getting marks over 14 in 3 out of 4 apparatus, having a total score of 53.318!
Day four our level 8s, grade 3 and 4 groups, and finalists competed. We are so proud of our grade 3 group who placed 1st in their first showing and 3rd in their second showing. Placing 2nd overall! Grade 4 group had a slight disastrous first showing but pulled themselves together for the second showing and getting 3rd place. Overall, they were 5th.
The level 8s had a tough competition and had some great personal results. Izabella had a great rope routine and placed 5th in the apparatus. Mia had an amazing 2nd day and received two personal best scores in ball and clubs. She placed 4th in ball and 2nd in clubs, with an overall score of 6th!
Clementine, our only senior international gymnast, also didn't let us down. In finals, Clemmie placed 3rd in hoop and 1st in ball, clubs, and ribbon and received the S.Tilley Trophy Australia NZ Champs for the highest average score, The Heather Creagh Trophy for RG gymnast of the year and NZ Gymnastics Trophy for her overall placing.
Day five, the final day! We had our level 7 gymnast Hannah finish her competition, and the Watermelon Crew (grade 5 group) compete. Our grade 5 group had a great time competing and showing off their exciting collaborations. We were so proud when they got 3rd overall with their second routine being so tight! To finish the competition off Hannah had apparatus placings of 1st in rope and clubs, and 2nd in ribbon and hoop, placing 1st overall!
Auckland was the recipients of the Best Conducted Region! What a way to finish the season off. Would like to say thank you to all the coaches who have put many hours into preparing the gymnasts. As a club, we were the most successful out of all the rhythmic clubs in NZ. Lastly, thank you to Vivian and Shellie for being superstar team managers- we could not have done this without you.
Well done Team Xtreme