YMCA Victoria Point, Premier Gymastics to compete for top spot at Sunshine Coast championships

COMPETITOR: Rachael Chiang will represent Premier Gymnastics at the state club championships.
COMPETITOR: Rachael Chiang will represent Premier Gymnastics at the state club championships.

REDLANDS athletes - including those from Premier Gymnastics andYMCA Victoria Point - will head to the Sunshine Coast to compete in three of the state's biggest artistic gymnastics competitions.

About 1200 gymnasts from over 36 clubs around Queensland will compete in teams for the annual Gymnastics Queensland State Club Championships, Border Challenge and Special Olympics Club Challenge between June 28 and July 2.

Head of Gymnastics Queensland Kym Dowdell said athletes between six and 33 years old would be vying for a top state spot for their club.

Among them are Premier Gymnastics siblings Melissa and Tayla Cannon and national medallists Doreen and Rachael Chiang.

Abby Aldred, Jasmine Varcoe and Natasha Wooding from Wellington Point and Taia Jude from Capalaba will also represent Premier.

YMCA Victoria Point will also send a representative team to compete, hoping to be named the state's top club.

"This event is a special one on the gymnastics calendar because gymnasts have the opportunity to work together as part of a team, rather than as individuals, which encourages camaraderie and strengthens club spirit," Ms Dowdell said.

"More than 780 female gymnasts will show their athleticism and skill on apparatus such as vault, uneven bars and balance beam as well as completing floor routines throughout the event.

"Our 285 male gymnasts will also take to the floor for their routines, as well as compete in rings, pommel horse, vault, parallel bars, and horizontal bar."

The four days of competition will open with the fiercely contested Border Challenge, which will see clubs from Northern Territory, New South Wales, Victoria, Western Australia, South Australia take on Queensland's best gymnastics talent.

On the Queensland team will be YMCA Victoria Point athletes Keeley Wilson and Charlie Banks, who were selected after their performances at the state championships in April.

"Last year our Queensland gymnasts were fortunate enough to win each of the three divisions on the program so I'm sure they have been training hard to defend the title once again," said Ms Dowdell.

"I'm certain there will be some fierce but friendly rivalry between the 100 gymnasts competing in the Border Challenge."

The event will also include a Special Olympics program which will feature 18 gymnasts.

The Special Olympics sees athletes with an intellectual disability showcase their gymnastics prowess in an environment of inclusion and acceptance.

The Gymnastics Queensland WAG and MAG State Club Championships and Border Challenge will be held at the Caloundra Indoor Stadium, North Street, Golden Beach on June 28 to July 2.