Girls exceed expectations
MADDISON Black is a real hit at gymnastics, but then again so are all her mates from the Victoria Park Gymnastic & Trampoline Club. Recently the club played host to the Central Queensland Regional competition and five of the girls from the club performed above expectations. While Black's results qualified her as fifth equal across the state, Elyce Smith, Gemma Bleney, Lauren Pimm and Lillian Fitzgerald all had outstanding results. The girls' coach Rachael Milner said the group members were at levels between three and five for Women's Artistic Gymnastics. "They have done well at competitions all this year," she said. While the girls have shone well locally their latest performances have ensured they will compete at a higher level. "It will be the first time at state titles for all the girls except for Lillian (Fitzgerald)," she said. Even though level three is at the beginners' end of the scale, the girls at that grading are still training for about ten-and -a-half hours each week. Once they reach level five then 12 hours training is required. Milner said the girls had to be committed to the sport but they could compete socially. "Once they reach level three or four they tend to stay (with the sport)," she said. "It's a great sport for building their confidence along with the physical side of things."