Seventeen aspiring gymnasts from Mandurah’s Infinity Gym Sports will test themselves on the big stage as they chase medals at the Western Australian Junior Gymnastics Championships in Perth later this month.
The crop of young guns will take to the bar, beam, vault and floor looking for the perfect execution in their routines at the tournament, as they aim for high-placed finishes.
Jazmine Aide, Lani Daly and Bluebell Hooks will line up in the sapphires division, while Ella Matthews, Lucinda Parke, Stella Kennedy and Lexie Payne make up Infinity’s pearls competitors.
Lucy Tomlinson, Isabel Kennedy, Melody Fitze and Lucy Fortune will hit the floor as rubies, while Miah Gray, Emilia Rodriguez and Leandi DeKlerk make up the team’s emeralds participants.
Rounding out the group is Ella Tomlinson, Tallica Trousselot and Zari Donegan, who will take on the diamonds division.
It’s an impressive crop for a gym that’s only been operating for nine months, with owner and director Aaron Trousselot saying it was an exciting time for their young group of athletes.
“To be open just nine months and then take 17 kids to the state championships, that’s a big achievement,” he said.
“It’s really exciting for us and hopefully they can perform well and bring some trophies back to the gym.”
Trousselot said the gym had been a huge emotional benefit to a number of the youngsters learning their craft there.
“Some of the kids we have come in have been bullied at school or been through similar things, and it’s good for them to just have a place they can come and have fun and learn gymnastics,” he said.
“That’s a big part of our gym and it’s something we really enjoy.”
City of Mandurah Mayor Rhys Williams was on deck to wish the youngsters well on Monday night, as they prepare for their state championships campaign which kicks off on Thursday, October 18.
To find out more about Infinity Gym Sports, visit their Facebook page.