Bay gymnasts shine at artistic champs


A contingent of Hawke's Bay gymnasts brought a swag of medals home from the national gymnastic competition in Blenheim recently.

The Hawke's Bay/Poverty Bay team saw 25 gymnasts competing against more than 400 others at the 2012 New Zealand National Artistic Gymnastic Championships.

Team manager Joy Kitto said each athlete had to pass a qualifying standard and show consistency throughout the competition season.

"This is the pinnacle of the competition season with 15 provinces attending the event," she said. "Team management, coaches and parents were happy with this year's results and greatly appreciated the donation from Pub Charities which helped with transport costs."

Results from the three-day competition included a bronze from the Step 5 girls team - Amber Kingsbeer, Laura Johnson, Ruby Barnett and Hannah Cotter.

The girls had a total of six top eight placings on apparatus and the step 6 girls team had three top eight placings.

The step 7 girls team were also successful with Emily McAneney winning gold on the vault and coming 8th on uneven bars, and Keely Phillips winning bronze on floor and coming 4th on uneven bars, 6th on beam and 5th overall.

In the male competition, the level 6 boys - Harry Pittar, Levi Cox, Baylee Crago - won silver in the teams event. Harry also won bronze on vault, was 4th on floor and 7th on rings.

It has also been announced that the 2013 competition will be held in Napier at the Pettigrew Green Arena.

"This will not only bring the best New Zealand artistic gymnasts to Hawke's Bay, but the event will also feature aerobics, rhythmic gymnastics and trampolining," Mrs Kitto said. "This will bring a vast number of visitors to the region and will be a wonderful spectator event."

- Hawkes Bay Today

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