Cleary sisters strike again
SISTERS Teagan and Mikaela Cleary are combining forces to help the Gympie Gymnastics Club take pride of place as one of Queensland's best clubs in trampoline sports.
The pair has just returned from the Trampoline Sports State Level Championships in Bayside, Brisbane, last week with a handful of medals.
Mikaela, the youngest of the sisters at 14, finished with two gold medals and a bronze.
The gold came in Level 4 Double Mini Trampoline and Level 4 Synchronised Trampoline, where she teamed up with older sister Teagan. A bronze continued the success in Level 5 Tumbling.
Teagan, 18, is no stranger to impressing the judges in the gymnastic arena this year, claiming gold with her sister in addition to silver in Level 6 Tumbling.
While the personal success filled the sisters with joy, the elation came mostly from the gold medal performance in the Level 4 Synchronised Trampoline.
The gymnastic discipline is judged the same as individual trampolining with the exception of having two competitors on separate trampolines. Competitors are marked by a panel of judges on how well they stay synchronised with each other.
To do well, the routines must be identical, requiring an incredible level of skill and timing – qualities only dedicated and long practice can help produce.
The pair was all smiles at the Gympie Gymnastic Club earlier this week when recalling the moment of clinching state gold.
“It was our first time doing synchronised trampoline and we thought we would just give it a go and see how we go,” Mikaela said.
“We were so surprised to win gold because we never believed heading into the event we could have won.”
Teagan was equally exited about the incredible achievement.
“We were so shocked because it was just a bit of fun (taking part) so winning was a major bonus.”
The Gympie pair went into the final holding first position and maintained this position over its rivals.
While nerves were visibly taking a toll on fellow competitors, Teagan and Mikaela were composed and impressed the judges with an exceptional display of skill.
Gympie Gymnastics Head Coach Elissa Lyon was thrilled with the sisters' performance, having coached the duo for more than ten years and sharing the spoils of success.