Mr Brett Newton, Director of Gymnastics
TSS Gymnastics has made a transition this year to the new venue at the Super Performance Centre (SPC) across the road from school. This venue is a state-of-the-art facility that has given us more space and new equipment to enable our gymnasts to reach their potential.
Congratulations to all our boys last weekend who competed at the GPS Championship. 2021 saw the introduction of GPS Gymnastics as a Foundation Cup. Essentially the format and competitors remained the same with the name change reflecting the fact that there are only 5 of the 9 GPS schools competing. TSS finished a very credible third to BGS with BBC second. This is an amazing result when we consider the small number of gymnasts we have compared to our competitors.
The day started with Division 3 where we took 2nd place again this year. Our team was polished and presented extremely well throughout the morning. TSS’s top performance went to Nick Graham who placed an incredible 3rd overall only 1.40 points off 1st place. Nick’s results included a 2nd on the pommel horse and a 3rd on the high bar. Nick was strongly supported by Zack Marland 6th (with a 1st on the high bar), John Cleverly 13th and debutante Jasper Power in 16th. Jasper has had a long wait to be eligible to compete at GPS and it was great to see him line up with his older peers to take his spot on the team.
Next up for competition was a combined Division 1 and 2 session. In division 2 our sole competitor was Jayden Niddrie. Overall Jayden improved two places from last year taking 7th spot. This included a 3rd on the rings and top 10 placings on all his other events.
This year our Division 1 team consisted of Kane Rodway, Cy Dacey and debutante for the division Dan Maurice. Strong performances from all three gymnasts gave TSS another 2nd place behind BGS with BBC third. Just a week after winning two silver medals at the National Championships for Queensland Kane was our best placed finisher in 5th place only 0.05 of a point in front of Cy in 6th place. Kane’s day included a 2nd on the floor exercise. In his last year at TSS and coming back from 18 months out of competition with a back injury Cy exceeded expectations to take 3rd placings on floor, pommel horse and parallel bars. Newcomer to Division 1 Dan Maurice showed he was more than up to the task with strong routines and big moves across all apparatus. His double front on the floor exercise and handspring front on vault gaining a lot of attention from both his competitors and crowd.
Thank you, Matt Stevens, Kaimana Barry and Cody Corbett our coaches for your support and guidance in the TSS 2021 GPS campaign. It is always special having Old Boys involved in any sport with their passion and experience.
Finally, I want to take this opportunity to congratulate every boy who competed on the day. Most of whom were also doing a season in another sport parallel to their gymnastics’ commitment. Thanks to you, the mums and dads who have also given your sons the opportunity to be involved in the great sport.
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