National success for sisters
SISTERS are doing it for themselves at the Gympie Gymnastics Club following the latest outstanding achievements of Teagan and Mikaela Cleary.
The pair has returned from the Trampoline Sports National Club Levels Championships in Tasmania last weekend.
Competing against some of the nation’s finest emerging gymnastics talent at Hobart’s Channel Court State Gymnastics Centre, both gymnasts returned home with bronze medals.
Teagan lifted bronze in the 17 years and above tumbling while little sister Mikaela won her bronze in the Level 4 double mini trampoline.
The results pleased the pair, particularly Mikaela who competed at her first national event.
“It was my first time competing at that level and I was a little nervous,” she said.
Mikaela found the atmosphere a little more tense than she is accustomed to.
“It was a lot more serious but I just tried to relax and focus on my routines,” she said.
Winning bronze surprised the young gymnast who didn’t think she would be in contention.
“I’m really happy with the medal,” she said. “It’s not what I was expecting before competing.”
Matching her sister’s achievement was Teagan, who won bronze from a large field.
Having been to a national event before, Teagan knew what to expect and quickly settled into executing her routines.
“I was happy with my performance and winning any medal at a national competition is always a great effort,” she said.
Gympie Gymnastics head coach Elissa Lyon was equally thrilled with two bronze medals after being quietly confident ahead of the event.
Lyon felt the girls were in form following solid recent results at numerous Brisbane competitions.
The success is a reflection of the quality of coaching at the Gympie Gymnastics Club and the sisters taking part in the event was the first time the Gympie club was represented.
Clubs in the competition came from across Australia, including a strong contingent from Brisbane-based clubs Robertson, Bayside and Mitchelton.
Teagan and Mikaela are back at training ready for their next outing.