by Greta Yeoman
A group of Timaru gymnasts and aerobics competitors are bound for nationals after qualifying in a recent competition.
Aerobics competitors Lillie Evans (13), Tegan Buckley (13) and Zoe Harding (17) will join Caitlyn Buckley and Brenna Turnbull (both 16) at the NZ Aerobics and Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships in Auckland in October.
Gymnasts Natalie More (13) and Alex Brown (12) will also compete at a national level, at the New Zealand Artistic Gymnastics Championships, in the same month.
The two Timaru gymnasts qualified for the national event after the Canterbury championships two weeks ago. The aerobics competitors’ last qualifying event was in July.
The girls train at the South Canterbury Gymsports centre in Craigie Ave.
Natalie, who is competing at Step 6 in bar, beam, floor and vault, said she began gymnastics aged 6, and loved to learn new skills and compete.
Lillie, who competes in an aerobics duo with Tegan, began gymnastics at age 4 and started aerobics this year.
She said aerobics was different from gymnastics, like dance and exercise mixed. It was “not as stressful” and competitors often socialised with other teams at events.
The girls’ fellow gymnast Sienna Wright (9) was not old enough to compete at national level, but said she loved competing at a local level and had been doing very well.
Zoe Harding said aerobics would provide her with her “something to do” after she retired from gymnastics at the end of the year.
All the girls would be competing at the South Island Gymnastics Championships in a fortnight, at the Southern Trust Events Centre.
The aerobics team is fundraising for a trip to Auckland by hosting two sessions at Flip Out trampoline park, in Washdyke, on September 8.