Nelson Leader : September 26th 2013
33 THE NELSON LEADER, SEPTEMBER 26, 2013 SPORT 5611502AB Eight talented young rhythmic gymnasts ages 11-14 from Nelson will represent Top of the South, competing in the 2013 National Gymsports Championships in Napier. The team leaves for the Hawkes Bay on October 1st, with the championships being held at the Pettigrew Green Arena from 2nd - 6th October. GymSports New Zealand is hosting and organising the 2013 National Gymsports Championships for Aerobics, Rhythmic Gymnastics and Trampoline. Awards will be presented at a Gala Dinner on Sunday 6th October. Nelson head coach Yvonne Bradley says all eight gymnasts will be competing in individual events, in two levels, and all have the ability to perform exceedingly well. Competing at the highest level, level 7, will be 14-year-old Beth Strickland, who is currently ranked number 1 on the national grid. Beth will contest four routines - rope, hoop, ball and clubs -- both in the national and trans-Tasman championships. The remaining seven gymnasts are all competing at level five, and all stand a good chance of doing well, says Yvonne. "Only 20 level five gymnasts were selected from throughout New Zealand, and we have seven in our team." They include current level four national rhythmic gymnastics champion Amy Miles, who remains unbeaten throughout last year and so far this year on every apparatus. The level five rhythmic gymnasts will all compete individually in freehand, hoop and ribbon routines. The strength of the Nelson squad is such that its members hold the top four places in level five in the current national rankings, having not just won every competition so far but taken the first three placings in each of five sanctioned meets from Auckland to Dunedin this year. Second ranked gymnast is Gracie Kroos, with Renee Macrae, Maya Smith, Aimee Robinson, Zoe Jensen and Grace Dennis making up the team. The Nelson club has 21 active members across levels 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 7. The girls, of which seven attend Nelson Girls' College and one Henley Primary School, train 12 hours plus weekly, in four hour time slots. The only club of its type in the Top of the South Island, Nelson Rhythmic Gymnastics is thankful for support from Garin College and Nelson College for Girls for training venues. Nelson Rhythmic Gymnastics greatly appreciates sponsorship from Nelson Girls' College and Haven Realty for three rhythmic training strips, and thanks the Mainland Trust for organising sponsorship. NELSON RHYTHMIC GYMNASTICS CLUB GOOD LUCK AT THE NATIONAL GYMSPORTS CHAMPIONSHIPS 2ND -- 6TH OCTOBER 2013 NELSON RHYTHMIC GYMNASTS GOING FOR GOLD AT NATIONAL AND TRANS-TASMAN CHAMPIONSHIPS GRACE DENNIS BETH STRICKLAND ZOE JENSEN YVONNE Coach GRACIE KROOS MAYA SMITH RENEE MACRAE AMY MILES AIMEE ROBINSON My ncle pat ADVERTISING FEATURE Students revel in go-kart project Getting down and dirty: Dirt flies in the first Top of the South Grass Kart Racing Challenge at Tapawera Area School. Photos: ALDEN WILLIAMS Challenge: Tapawera Area school pupil Rowan Green (age 10) during the inaugural grass kart challenge. Top of the South Trades Academy students were in petrolhead heaven at Tapawera Area School on Friday, as they earned NCEA credits for racing their self-assembled grass- track go-karts. Pre-trade students from the Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology were also loving the inaugural Tapawera Grass kart Challenge, which was so success- ful it looks set to become an annual fixture at the rural area school. The event last Friday was organised by NMIT in conjunc- tion with the Trades Academy and Tapawera Area School, and with help from Southern Grass Kart Challenge co-ordinator Glenys McKenzie. Mrs McKenzie said building and ultimately racing karts taught hands-on'' students about technology and engineer- ing, while also letting them work in groups, have fun, and build something cool''. Let's be honest, young men at school want to make, take and break -- using power tools,'' she said. This is all about teamwork, it's about organisation, it's about listening to each other, and it's about time management. And the students also gain automotive skills, engineering skills and group management skills.'' The Nelson tertiary and college students were tasked with designing, building, and racing a 6 horsepower go-kart to race on a grass track built at Tapawera Area School, by caretaker Sandy Phyn. Some NMIT tutors, and Mr Phyn, were also seen flying around the mud-and-grass track, gleefully gripping the wheel and flinging dirt into the air as they drifted around the bends. NMIT trades programme area leader David White said the grass karts project had proved a huge success, and he was proud of the way the students worked together, while competing against each other, to keep the event on-track. He said they were all stressed-out for the three weeks leading up to race day, as they finalised their designs, and made modifications. It's been a mad rush. It's taken a lot of effort to get this up and running,'' he said, giving thanks to Tapawera Area School for its hospitality, and suggesting that plans were already being made for next year's event. Sixteen-year-old Tapawera Area School student Lucus Scott said hell yeah'', he was having a better day at school than usual. He was full of praise for Mr Phyn, who dreamed up the idea of racing on the school grounds, and personally designed and pre- pared the track on the school's field. He's put a couple years work into this,'' Lucus said. The field here is perfect.'' Mr Phyn was so over the moon'' with how things went on the day that he is now thinking about starting a Tapawera-based grass kart club.
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