Redlands athletes prepare for national gymnastics championships

NATIONAL COMPETITION: Rachael Chiang performing her floor routine at the state championships.
NATIONAL COMPETITION: Rachael Chiang performing her floor routine at the state championships.

THE Redlands' top gymnasts will head to Melbourne next week to compete in the Australian Gymnastics Championships.

Athletes will take part in artistic, rhythmic, trampoline, aerobic and acrobatic gymnastics competitions between May 20 and June 4, having been selected for the Queensland team at each discipline's state championships held over the past few months.

Level 10 artistic gymnast YMCA gymnast Jayde Beutel was selected for nationals after receiving several medals and an artistry award at the state championships, held from April 11 to 14 in Chandler.

Beutel, who trains about 22 hours a week, said hard work and resilience were the key attributes of a successful gymnast.

Birkdale sisters Doreen and Rachael Chiang will also represent Queensland in artistic gymnastics.

Rachael, 16, and Doreen, 14, train with Premier Gymnastics in Wynnum West.

On April 27 and 28, Queensland athletes competed in the Rhythmic Gymnastics Senior State Championships in Robertson, with Alannah Mathews from Premier Gymnastics earning a place in the Queensland senior international team.

Mathews, a Sheldon resident, travelled to Sofia, Bulgaria in 2018 on the Australian rhythmic gymnastics team to compete in the world championships, also receiving an International Athlete Award of Excellence from Gymnastics Queensland

Wellington Point level 8 athlete Sarah Pinango-Dao will represent Queensland in aerobic gymnastics after winning second place in her category at thestate championships in March.

Pinango-Dao trains with Premier Gymnastics.

Redland City Gymsports athletes Charlotte Johnstone, Kate Johnstone, Rylee Watson and Hamish Wilson will compete in trampoline gymnastics.

Charlotte was also selected in the elite Gymnastics Queensland High Performance training program and will undertake workshops and intensive training throughout the year.