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    TEAM GOLD: Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club gymnasts, from left, Orlan Hart, Edward Jones, Eli Bailey, Ben Grey and Remi Bailey were the winning level-four team at a Men’s Artistic Gymnastics Junior Victorian Qualifier at Melbourne at the weekend.

Natimuk gymnastics boys rise to challenge

Six Wimmera gymnasts will progress to state championships after confidence-boosting performances at a weekend qualifier.

Max Schultz, level three open, Eli Bailey and Edward Jones, level four under, and Remi Bailey, Orlan Hart and Ben Grey, level four open division, represented Natimuk and District Gymnastic Club at the MAG Junior Victorian Qualifier on Sunday.

Head coach Lynette Morrow said five of the gymnasts placed on individual apparatus, with the level-four boys’ combined scores also winning them the overall team event for their level.

She said she was proud of her charges’ success, which had secured them a place at the Junior Victorian Championships at Geelong in November.

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“We’re certainly proud of the boys. They are a strong team,” she said.

“Eli Bailey won individual overall for level four under,  and Remi Bailey won the level four open division.

“With most boys picking up a medal on an individual apparatus, that will give them some confidence going into the next event.

“They’ve worked hard to lift their skills but we’ve got a bit of work to go to tidy up their routines. 

“State championships will be a good challenge.”

She said the club’s level four, five and six women’s gymnasts would compete in a qualifier event at Geelong on September 28 and 29.

– Lotte Reiter

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