National Clubs Carnival Week 1 Wrap Up
After much preparation and anticipation, the 2018 National Clubs Gymnastics Carnival got underway at the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre in Carrara on the 13th September. Featuring over 4,000 athletes competing in seven different Gymsports and representing 236 Clubs from across Australia.
In a set up that makes the venue look vastly different from when it hosted the Badminton, Para Powerlifting, Weightlifting and Wrestling at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games (GC2018), the first week and a half of the Carnival saw the Australian Classic Competition for WAG, Acrobatic Gymnastics, Trampoline, Aerobics, along with the Gymnastics for All competition and the Inaugural Free G AUS Event.
The Australian Classic, saw the return of Senior International gymnast Emma Nedov to the competition floor after a 5 month break. Recently recovering from injury, Emma performed strongly bringing home Gold on the Beam event. Being looked over by the watchful eye of Australia’s WAG National Coach, Mihai Brestyan, NSW Clubs brought home a total of 21 Medals consisting of apparatus and all around placings in the Level 9 under 13, Future, Junior and Senior International Divisions.
On Acrobatics Floor, SXL Gymnastics were awarded 3rd Overall Acrobatics Club of the Year with consistent and impressive performances across all the divisions, taking out 7 all around divisional placings. Sydney Gymnastics Centre were hot on their heels placing 4th in the Overall Club competition and earning themselves 5 all around divisional wins in Level 4 Mixed Pairs, Level 5 Women’s Pair, Level 6 Women’s Pair and Junior 11 to 16 Women’s and Mixed Pair.
Trampoline athletes and clubs bounced into the Gold Coast Sport and Leisure Centre next with the Sydney Gymnastics Centre showing their strength bringing home 2nd Overall Trampoline Club as well as the Double Mini Trampoline Champion Club. Standout performances were also seen from Kachan School of Tumbling and Performance athletes whose strength in tumbling shined through earning them the Tumbling Champion Club of the Carnival.
The event also doubled as the final World Championship selection event for our Senior Trampoline athletes. In the Senior Men’s event it was 2017 World Championship Finalist Blake Rutherford of Eastlake Trampoline Sports who took out the top spot on the podium, with his training partner Aiden Thomas not far behind in 2nd place.
In another change of floors, the Aerobics competition proved to be fierce with stiff competition from around the country. PLC Sydney brought home 8 medals including 6 Golds. Other Aerobics NSW Clubs, North Coast Gymnastics, Amazon Dance & Aerobics and Kinetic Force Fitness taking out another 8 Medals between them.
NSW athletes also made a splash on the Gold Coast in the Inaugural Free G AUS event, with Josh from PCYC Dubbo taking out 1st Place.
Capping off a great first week at the Carnival was our very own Junior GNSW Performance Team who took out a Gold Placing at the National TeamGym Championships along with a Bronze placing at the National Gym 4 Life Challenge.
Congratulations to all athletes, coaches and clubs on an incredibly successful first week of National Clubs Carnival.
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