Oak Flats Albion Park Kiama Gymnastics & Acrobatics Club coach Kim Lacey has praised the club's junior athletes after a successful Australian Gymnastics Championships.
The club finished the competition with three junior overall national championships, as well as two senior titles, and Lacey said the results were a direct reflection of the hard work put in by the athletes at training.
"We work in substandard conditions, we don't have a full floor area for the kids to practice their routines," Lacey said. "Because of that, the kids have to work really hard and they do work hard. They had no break over Christmas, they train 24 hours a week while still staying on top of school work.
"It's part of their culture. They're country kids who just get down and buckle up. The coaches are also amazing, we have great coaching staff who go above and beyond to help the kids."
The trio of Ella Treanor, Indigo Conroy and Naomi Gibson led the way for the club, the three girls sweeping the 13-19 International Trio competition to claim the national title.
The team of Jenna Irish, Sophie Edwards and Marli Pass won the overall Level Nine trio competition, while Jorja Rogers, Shaeli Hall and Annabelle Gibson took out the Level Eight trio event.
Jessica Adame, Mykenna Collier and Savannah Mayton were second overall in the 12-18 International Trio competition. Level Six trio Jade Turk, Isabella Todev and Lily Biletic finished second overall in their class.
With the club conquering the best in Australia, Lacey said the gymnasts will now aim to gain selection in Australia's team for the 2020 World Championships in Switzerland where they will compete against the world's best.
"The hard work doesn't stop. We've got a year now of trials to hopefully make the World Championships.
"As a club, we're really proud of these guys. What they do is amazing, they're dedicated kids and adults and hopefully we can keep the momentum going through to Switzerland next year."
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