Gympie Gymnasts Nathan Braganza and Mikaela Cleary will compete at the State Championships later this month.
Gympie Gymnasts Nathan Braganza and Mikaela Cleary will compete at the State Championships later this month. Craig Warhurst

Gymnasts prepare for state

GYMPIE Gymnastics Club competitors Jared Braganza and Mikaela Cleary are refining their skills ahead of contesting the Men’s and Women’s State Gymnastics Championships in Brisbane later this month.

The pair will both compete in Level 5 at Chandler in Brisbane from June 25-29.

Braganza, a Year 11 student at Gympie State High School, will compete in floor, vault, pommel, rings, parallel bars and high bars.

Cleary, meanwhile, will do her best in floor, vault, beam and bars.

In order to qualify for state competition, Braganza struck success at the Regional Championships in Brisbane on May 23.

In that competition, he achieved a first in floor and vault and a third on rings and high bars.

Cleary qualified at Moreton Bay College on May 9, receiving the second highest score on vault, fifth highest on floor and sixth overall at the Regional Championships on May 30.

Helping to prepare the pair is Gympie Gymnastics head coach Elissa Lyon and Adam Bowman. Bowman is lending his assistance to Braganza while Lyon is attending to Cleary.

Beyond the success of qualifying for the state competition, Braganza and Cleary are achieving many other great things with the Gympie Gymnastics Club.

Braganza is undertaking a traineeship at the Gympie club, undertaking a Certificate II in Sports Coaching. He has trained with the club for four years.

Cleary, a Year 10 student at St Patrick’s College, is sinking her teeth into coaching the next generation of gymnasts by commencing as a beginner girls’ coach with the Gympie Gymnastics Club.

Regardless of the outcome in Brisbane later this month, the experience will be invaluable.

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