PIT's MAG and WAG Gymnasts impress at the Victorian Championships
PIT MAG Seniors
On the last weekend of April, the Senior PIT Boys had their penultimate comp of the year: The State Championships. For the first time ever it was held down at MSAC in Albert Park. (For future reference make sure you leave an extra 15 minutes earlier and park out on the main road where it’s free!)
First up on Friday night was Joey (L7U) Ben (L10) & Myself (L10) alongside Drew (L10), Ethan (Snr), Dylan & Adam (U17 L9) and Julian (U15 L9) who represent PIT but train at the High Performance Centre. The Day 1 scores contribute to Individual All Around and the Team Event so it was all about staying on the apparatuses and hitting clean routines. Normally at competitions Ben and I have both been relatively laid back but today there was definitely tension in the air as there were six guys in our division who were competitive and vying for the the podium.
Overall we both had fantastic competitions finishing the day with Ben in 2nd and myself claiming 3rd. It was easily my best comp of the year and I finally attained my level 10 LAT so that was an incredibly rewarding experience. I somehow managed to battle and stay on the pommel against all odds! Ben was also solid as ever except for his double back dismounts! It’s always nail bitting whether he’ll stand them up or not and to make it worse he has double backs on 4 apparatuses! Lastly to put the cherry on the cake, we retained our level 10 Champion Team with the inclusion of Drew from the HPC.
Joey once again continued to improve on his incredibly hard routines. There’s only seven boys in the comp for a reason, that's because the under division routines are so tough! Day 1 wasn’t his best effort but still hit his Pommels routine on the horse. Day 2 saw a four-mark improvement on his AA score. The secret weapon Joey’s got up his sleeve is that he’s got another year in this level so im looking forward to seeing him in the medals in 2019!
Unfortunately, in the L8O competition Matt Wilson had to pull out due to injury and Matthew Sexton (L7O) was struck with the flu so he was limited to only a few apparatuses.
The 7O’s unfortunately missed out on a team victory by a narrow margin coming in at 3rd. The team was bolstered this year by veterans Matthew Sexton (5th on Vault with the cleanest handspring known to man) and Ben McConnell (6th on Vault, extremely unlucky not to land his Tsuk layout which would have produced a medal winning performance) who brought with them experience and contributing scores. Liam (4th Rings, 4th P-bars) and Thomas (8th AA, 3rd P-bars) unfortunately couldn’t reproduce their scores from Day 1 and Trials but still had consistent competitions. Sarki (2nd Pommels, 2nd Rings, 2nd H-bar) had one of the best return comps I’ve seen in a long time. To see him five months ago with an ankle broken in three places to seeing him compete at the State Champs was inspiring. He didn't have the best Day 1 competition but turned it on during Day 2. Well done mate!
PIT MAG Level 6O's
The Victorian Championships capped off an exciting and challenging year for the level 6 Open's on the weekend. Some highlights of the competition was Newman being crowned Victorian Rings Champion after performing a clean and difficult routine. Callum Watt brought his ‘A’ game on High Bar to secure a silver medal and Mason nailed his Vault with a floating handspring, taking away 4th place. Sasha had a consistent and neat competition and impressed everyone on how much he is improving. Ethan contributed greatly to the Overall Team Placing with some nice flowing routines. The team did well placing 3rd Overall. The boys are now excited to start learning new skills and get stronger, faster and more flexible for next year's competition season.
PIT WAG Girls
On the WAG side, the girls had fantastic results with Rebecca (Level 10) claiming the Vault State Title with an amazing Tsuk pike! She also displayed some fantastic leaps to win 2nd place on Floor, Well done Bec!
In the ALP 7 Divisions, Jessica came out with guns blazing to claim 3rd All Around! She also managed to place 3rd on Beam and 6th on Vault. Myah produced a fantastic Beam routine to became the Victorian Beam Champion! Annie Beadle hit 4/4 routines and displayed great composure on Floor and Vault while Sienna demonstrated clean and flowing Floor and Bar routines.
Lastly in the ALP 8 Divisions, Alana held her nerve to place 6th on Beam. She also displayed an amazing Floor and Bars routine. Veda displayed a lot of progression with some new skill additions including cast to handstand on Bars, a dynamic Vault and an expressive Floor routine. Last but not least, Emily bravely pushed through her competition after injuring her ankle in a past Trial to perform courageously on Bars and Beam. Not the outcome she was hoping for at the end of a season but was still full of determination and team spirit! Your coach and everyone at PIT Gymnastics are proud of you all!