GYMNASTS from Armidale travelled to Newcastle for the annual country championships.
The team of 67 athletes competed against some of the state’s top clubs in three disciplines at the five day event.
In the men’s artistic gymnastics, level one gymnast James Barton was named country champion with Callum Griggs coming in third.
Barton, Griggs, Charlie Bailey, Ben Kaberry and Liam Vanucci were third in the level one team event.
In level two open, Kaleb Bender placed second in the individual competition and Kaleb along with Eden Love, Elijah Love, Dylan Knox, Nathan Knox and Ned Rowe-Dawson were second in the team event.
Oscar Gates was fifth in the level three before the team of Gates, Alex MacMahon and Hamish Wallace placed fourth.
The level four team of Ben Harris, Ethan Rogers and Alonso Geesink-Anton placed second.
Hunter Blake was second and Will Rowe-Dawson third in the level six division.
The women’s artistic team were also in the medal tally with all level one and two Armidale gymnasts receiving medals.
Sophia Boggia won gold in the women’s level three while Felicity Harris, Georgia MacMahon, Emily Hallman and Alyssa Vanucci won silver.
Beatrice Henzel won gold in level four with Claudia Keogh and Chelsea Kiehne claiming a silver.
In level five, Emily Gates placed sixth in the vault event.
The level seven national division Emma Barnier won her vault event, placed third with her floor routine and sixth in bars to earn third overall.
Caitlin Schuman came fourth on the beam and Alyce Inman came fifth in the floor routine.
The team of Emma Barnier, Caitlin Schuman, Alyce Inman and Bianca Kiehne were third overall.
In the rhythmic gymnastics, Harriet Eastment, Fia Wallace, Mabel Spencer and Abigail Knox won silvers in their bands while Jessica MacMahon won a bronze.
Abby Taylor placed fourth in level four junior while Ebony Taylor was second in the senior division.
Maddison Dawson Hurst was second in level five junior and Gemma Taylor fourth in the level six event.
Head coach at Armidale City Gymnastics club Wally O’Hara said it was an excellent display by the local athletes.
"They throughly enjoyed them,” he said.
"They were well run and it was a good centre down there. All of our disciplines competed really well, particularly our men.
"Our higher level women did quite well, they were third overall in the national level so we were pleased with that. We had a couple of country champions and runners up.”
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