Gymnastics invitational at full capacity

Ivy Wauchope (Level 8) in action at the competition.
Ivy Wauchope (Level 8) in action at the competition.

With the Port Pirie Regional Gymnastics Academy's invitational attracting thousands of people, the annual showcase has been declared an enormous success.

The John Pirie stadium was at full capacity throughout the October long weekend. The academy's Lee-ann and Garry Nayda said interest in the competition continued to grow.

"We had big crowds across the weekend. We couldn't be happier with the attendance," she said. "We sold out to the last hot dog."

Lee-ann and Garry paid tribute to the volunteers at the weekend and praised Marie Cunningham's work as MC.

The invitational's continued success is the icing on the cake for the group which continues its push in developing Port Pirie as a gymnastics hub.

"It is one of the most successful competitions we've had. The word is getting out in the gymnastics community," Lee-ann said.

They have already received interest from interstate for next year's event. Joining in on this year's showcase was Sam Offord, a previous Commonwealth Games gymnast, who judged the men's section.

Speaking of their annual theme, Lee-ann said it was unique for the Port Pirie event and that clubs embraced it. Just days after the competition, the academy released its theme for 2020 - woodland magic.

"The theme allows the kids to have a lot of fun the sport," she said.

She said competing was very serious in gymnastics as kids aspired to get selected in the state team and beyond.

The competition also saw the academy's local gymnast showcase their top skills. In MAG, Oliver Yarrow and William Holmes performed well. "Ashton Pollard did a beautiful rings routine," Lee-ann said.

The pair also highlighted Tyler Hudson's efforts and said he was absolutely magnificent with his floor routine.

In WAG, Eva Ferme (Level 7) had a second overall and won gold on bars. Bethany Sabeeney and Ava Rose Adair (both Level 4) also medalled, and Charlee Mudge (Level 3) had a second overall. Ashlee Maywald achieved bronze in bars, Ivy Wauchope claimed gold for floor and a silver in beam while Holley Wauchope took out bronze in beam. Frankii Venning also scored bronze in beam.