Rockhampton gymnast Jarrod Spear flies high after being named the Queensland gymnast of the year. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Rockhampton gymnast Jarrod Spear flies high after being named the Queensland gymnast of the year. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

Spear soars to top of state, but is still chasing gold

VICTORIA Park trampoline gymnast Jarrod Spear has soared to the top of Queensland gymnastics.

The 24-year-old, who trains under the watch of coach Kerry Smyth at the Victoria Park Gymnastics Club, was named Queensland Gymnastics 2013 Athlete of the Year for Trampoline Sports.

The Morning Bulletin broke the news to the Aurizon analyst earlier this week as he wasn't able to attend the sport's night of nights on Friday.

"There you go. I didn't know that," Spear said.

"I knew I was nominated and I guess it was probably because of my performance at the nationals where I finished second - to a New South Wales bloke of all people."

Along with his silver medal at the 2013 nationals, Spear finished 24th in the double mini event and eighth in the double mini team event at the Trampoline Gymnastics World Championships in Sofia, Bulgaria in November.

Rockhampton gymnast Jarrod Spear flies high after being named the Queensland gymnast of the year. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin
Rockhampton gymnast Jarrod Spear flies high after being named the Queensland gymnast of the year. Photo: Austin King / The Morning Bulletin Austin King

 

It was his third senior world championships appearance after performing for Australia at four World Age Group Championships since making his debut for his country aged 12.

While happy with the result, Spear said it was possible he could have finished higher had he executed his solo routine better.

"It (the result) was about where I have come in the past," he said.

"I probably should have finished higher but I made a couple of mistakes."

Spear said he had been back into training earlier than usual with the 2014 Australian Gymnastics Championships in May.

He hoped to earn selection on the Australian team to compete at the Indo Pacific Championships at Sun City, South Africa from June 29.



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