Top gongs for YMCA Victoria Point gymnasts and swimmers

AUSTRALIAN gymnast Georgia Godwin handed out awards at the YMCA Victoria Point’s end-of-year presentation on Saturday.

The appearance of Ms Godwin, who recently placed 13th all-around at the Gymnastics World Championships in Montreal, created excitement among the YMCA gymnasts.

Jayde Beutel was recognised as the gymnast of the year at the YMCA event, gymnast and coach Carma Holland as the sportsperson of the year and Keeley Wilson as the junior gymnast of the year.

Certificates were also given out to students from the YMCA swim school.

YMCA Victoria Point assistant manager Gemma Gwilliams said Ms Beutel had competed at the South-east Queensland Junior Regionals, Queensland Senior State Championships, Queensland Club Championships and represented Queensland at the national championships.

Ms Beutel took out the gold medal on vault, bronze on uneven bars and silver for individual all-around.

Ms Gwilliams said Ms Holland had persisted through a tough 12 months to become one of their top up-and-coming coaches.

“As one of our high level gymnasts the past few years, she is now coaching younger generations, has volunteered at both of our host events this year, attended all of our coaching professional development sessions and is a role model to all of the athletes and junior coaches in our program,” Ms Gwilliams said.

“Her behaviour and attitude is always admirable and she brings great positivity to the YMCA.”

Junior gymnast Keeley Wilson competed at Brisbane South Junior Regionals, Queensland Junior State Championships, Queensland Club Championships, Brisbane South Regional Team Challenge and won a silver and gold at the state championships. 

Swimming certificates were given to:

  • Vanessa McLay for her continuous effort and improvement in squad, from swim teacher Liz Johnston
  • Phoebe Trevor for most improved, from swim teacher Bev Newton
  • Deanna Hamilton for most improved, from swim teacher Nikki Ottley
  • Sophia Crawford for overcoming her fear of the water, from swim teacher Rosemary Davies
  • Danny Hynes for most improved, from swim teacher Christina Carlo
  • Cadence Arrowsmith for love of learning and determination to improve, from swim teacher Sarah Brown
  • Quade Hopper for always having a smile and trying his best, from swim teacher Kelleigh Roberts

YMCA Victoria Point aquatics manager Sharyn Element acknowledged swim teachers for teaching vital skills to children to enable them to be safe in and around water.

“YMCA Victoria Point Swim School won the 2017 Queensland Austswim-recognised swim centre of the year award, which is a huge achievement for the centre,” she said.

“We are very proud of ourselves for achieving this award.”