Gymnasts on top at State finals event

Nicolette BarbasHarvey-Waroona Reporter
Sienna Italiano, 10, Dustin Barton, 12, and Zoe Williams, 10.
Camera IconSienna Italiano, 10, Dustin Barton, 12, and Zoe Williams, 10.

Following success at the regional competition held in Albany in August, Harvey’s gymnastics team has returned from State finals with more trophies and medals.

The team travelled to Fremantle to attend the PCYC Gymnastics State finals which were held from September 28 to 30 and saw hundreds of students from around Western Australia attend.

Coach Gerry Barton said the Harvey team shone at the competition and showed great sportsmanship.

“It was great to see the kids supporting each other and making friends with girls and boys from the other clubs,” Barton said.

“They all showed great sportsmanship and did a fantastic job at representing Harvey.”

In the lead up to the competition, the team trained twice a week.

“After the regional competition the students worked tirelessly trying to improve their skills and fine-tune their routines, and it paid off,” Barton said.

“They put in a lot of hard work to get to where they did and they achieved some outstanding results.”

Barton was extremely impressed with 10-year-old Sienna Italiano who showed a big improvement since competing at the regional competition in August.

“Sienna was an absolute star at States, out of nowhere she came first in vault, surprising us all and taking home a gold medal,” Barton said.

“Zoe Williams improved on the beam and floor, while Zoe Carter took home silver for bars and beam.

“Erin Batty also did well, taking home bronze for bars in the lavender’s optional category.”

Barton’s son, Dustin, bagged three silver and two bronze medals and came third all round for the boys level four.

“The boys’ competition was quite tough, but Dustin did well for his age,” Barton said.

The eldest of the six, Rachel Andrijasevich, was the golden girl for Harvey, taking home gold for beam and bars and winning the gold all round award.

“We will be spending the remainder of the year working on levelling up the team skills in preparation for the regional competition next year,” Barton said.

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