YOU don’t need to have the best facilities, you just have to make the best of your facilities.
Port Macquarie gymnasts have returned from the state titles in Sydney with a bag of medals after achieving results beyond their expectations.
They finished with silver and bronze medals as they challenged some of the best gymnastics clubs from around New South Wales, including Sydney and Canberra.
Taya McLean was the standout performer after achieving regular personal best scores which was topped off with a gold medal.
Coach Angie Dixon admitted it was an impressive performance overall as the facilities at Port Macquarie’s disposal were not at the same level as some of the other clubs.
“Most of the other clubs we went up against have better facilities than what we do,” she said.
“(The results) mean a lot because it shows people we can produce good gymnastics programs no matter what our facilities are like; imagine what we could do with better facilities.”
Some of those challenges the Port Macquarie team regularly face is the battle for room to train which is at a premium.
“We have a long waiting list because we need more space so sometimes their training is limited,” Dixon said.
“I knew they were going to do good because they had been doing that all year, but I thought maybe they could have finished fourth.”
The team regularly train between eight and 10 hours each week and it was that preparation that helped with their overall performance.
They also finished with a second and a sixth position in the teams challenge.
“The girls did fantastic in everything they competed in and the way they held themselves was very professional,” Dixon said.
“Most importantly they cheered for each other and showed that support.”
They now head off to the national titles next year.
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