Top gymnasts and newcomers both excel
The two unique components of the Duncan Dynamics Gymnastics Club combined forces and their talents were on display at the North Shore Invitational.
The oldest girls and some of the youngest were both there. As a group, they brought home a total of 11 medals and 19 ribbons.
The competition marked the first time the P1 level gymnasts had competed off the island.
"In the past, only Level Twos and up have travelled off island to compete for our team,'' noted the club's marketing director Karyne Bailey. "Taking the Level Ones to an off-island competition is a first for our club and a welcome addition. We are very proud of how well they represented Duncan Dynamics.''
One of the P1 Tyros, Gabrielle Austin, was the outstanding achiever for the meet. She placed first all-around for her age category and claimed medals for first on vault, and second on bars and beam.
Experienced gymnast Hayley Baker was extremely consistent in the P5 Open division with a third all-around from first on the vault, third on bars and beam, and fourth on floor.
Sadie Manley was sixth all-around in the P1 Argo 2004 category with a first on vault, fourth on floor, seventh on bars and ninth on beam.
Tahara Brown's 10th all-around result in P1 Argo 2003 included a sixth on bars and seventh on floor.
Also in P1 Argo 2003, Sarah Carson wound up 14th all-around on the strength of a seventh on vault.
Keerstin Arden finished 11th all-around in P3 Tyro 2001 following a third on bars, fifth on floor and seventh on vault.
Coral Strugnell came sixth all-around in P5 Novice, with a third on bars and fourth on floor.
The National Open division featured a strong 10th-place all-around showing from Micaylla Broadway. Her best placing in the individual events was a seventh on beam.