Young gymnasts win state championships

GYMNAST TALENT: Willow and Scarlett from Geelong YMCA competed at the state titles last weekend.

By Natalee Kerr

Geelong’s top young gymnasts produced “outstanding” performances at the state titles last weekend with some taking home top-medal placings.

More than 700 athletes from around the state competed at the recent 2019 Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Junior Victorian Championships at the Geelong Arena.

Hometown duo Stella Courtney, 11, and Chloe Mutton, 13, were crowned “all-around” Victorian champions for their divisions.

Geelong YMCA coach Rachel Crawford said she was “stoked” about the local girls placings.

“To have two champions in the level six division was a fantastic result. It’s very, very exciting for the girls and our club,” she said.

Athletes aged eight to 14 from more than 50 Victorian clubs competed across the beam, floor, bars and vault during the three-day competition.

Seventy gymnasts from Geelong YMCA qualified for the event following “impressive” performances at the Metro West Regional Gymnastics Championships last month.

“It’s a huge achievement just to get through to finals, so it was very exciting that pretty much every one of our gymnasts qualified,” Crawford said.

“We are so proud of all our gymnasts that competed at the states on weekend, they did really well against some pretty tough competition.”

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