ABOUT 18 gymnasts from YMCA Victoria Point Gymnastics Club will put their gymnastics prowess on display at the Gymnastics Queensland Junior State Championships on the weekend.
More than 1000 competitors are set to compete in the event at the Sleeman Sports Complex Arena, Chandler from Saturday until Tuesday.
Co-ordinator of the women's artistic competitive program at YMCA Victoria Point Peter Dowdell said gymnasts in levels four to six would take to the floor, and compete on the vault, bars and beam.
“With our program being fairly young, if we have gymnasts placing in the top 10, they would have done exceedingly well,” he said.
Mr Dowdell said the club also had three gymnastics – Stephanie Young, Jaime Rule and Keeley Wilson – competing for the South Brisbane region in an inter-regional event on Tuesday.
Mr Dowdell said the state championships was a major individual event for gymnasts in levels four to six in Queensland.
He said the club’s gymnasts had a good season and had generally placed within the top third at events.
“We also won several medals throughout the season,” he said.
“I think that we are in a very good position from which we will continue to grow.”
Gymnastics Queensland chief executive officer Kym Dowdell said 56 clubs would take part in the four-day state championships.
“The competitors have put months of hard work into perfecting their routines and are raring to go after successful performances at a regional level,” she said.
“Both male and female gymnasts will compete and I am confident we will see some impressive routines throughout the meet.”
Ms Dowdell said the junior state championships was one of the most significant events on the gymnastics calendar, and acted as a stepping stone for high-performing athletes to represent Queensland on the national stage.
“Competitors will have their sights set on achieving a place on the podium and this meet provides a great opportunity for up-and-coming gymnasts to learn from their peers.”
For further details, visit gymqld.org.au.