STARS: Dannika-Lee Lyon, Damon Exarhos and lilly Carswell all won medals at the state titles.
STARS: Dannika-Lee Lyon, Damon Exarhos and lilly Carswell all won medals at the state titles. Contributed

Dizzy heights for Gympie's talented trampolinists

GYMNASTICS: An unprecedented amount of Gympie's best and brightest gymnasts have featured in the finals of the state trampoline championships, with six locals making their way to the top of the state.

Paige Jamieson finished 10th in the double mini trampoline while Eliza Parker finished fifth in the tumbling.

Krystal Brodie was impressive in the level 3 trampoline when she finished 10th while Damon Exarhos, Dannika-Lee Lyon and Lilly Carswell, all went on to place in their respective events.

Exarhos finished an impressive second in the tumbling, backing up from his second in the double mini trampoline.

Carswell was also strong, finishing first in her tumbling event and fourth with Dannika-Lee Lyon in the synchronised trampoline.

Lyon rounded out the medal tally with a bronze in the level 4 trampoline.

Gympie Gymnastics coach Elissa Lyon said her athletes' results were remarkable.

"I was ecstatic,” Lyon said.

"I do not think any other club can say every competitor they took made the final.”

While trampoline is an Olympic event, Lyon said it required a different skill set to the more traditional floor, vault and beam routines.

Lyon said physical strength plays a huge role in an athletes' success in tumbling and trampoline, an attribute her competitors had in spades.

"In gymnastics there is artistry that does not apply to trampoline, which is about height,” she said.

"All of our kids work hard, they are all physically quite strong.

"They are doing about four hours of trampoline training per week.”

Exarhos will now head to Brisbane and push for a spot at the national titles.

Gympie Times


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