Active Feet gymnasts take out second and third place at NT Gymnastics Championship

Keira Kariko takes to the air in the Team Gym trampoline competition. Picture: Supplied.
Keira Kariko takes to the air in the Team Gym trampoline competition. Picture: Supplied.

Katherine Active Feet gymnasts have taken out top places at the NT Gymnastics Championships in Darwin over the weekend. 

Competing in the team gym competition, Active Feet saw two teams of 10 take to the floor. 

The teams took out second and third place against four other groups. 

Team coach Megan Pickering said the competition was a chance for the young gymnasts to have fun and participate in exercise. 

ACTIVE FEET TEAM: (Rear) Mikaylah Amarant, Sienna Lee, coach Nicola Goldbach, Kayden Lee. (Middle row): Bella Hales, coach Megan Pickering, Kiannah Bryant, Emily Stone, Keira Kariko. Kiara Smith, Sophie McFarlane, Aleeah Bali, Akira Lawrence. (Front): Cadence Courtney, Isabella von Minden, Kiersten Courtney, Mia Harris, Nichola Shardlow, Lacey Hales, Addison Stewart. Missing: Audrey Lehman. Picture: Supplied.

ACTIVE FEET TEAM: (Rear) Mikaylah Amarant, Sienna Lee, coach Nicola Goldbach, Kayden Lee. (Middle row): Bella Hales, coach Megan Pickering, Kiannah Bryant, Emily Stone, Keira Kariko. Kiara Smith, Sophie McFarlane, Aleeah Bali, Akira Lawrence. (Front): Cadence Courtney, Isabella von Minden, Kiersten Courtney, Mia Harris, Nichola Shardlow, Lacey Hales, Addison Stewart. Missing: Audrey Lehman. Picture: Supplied.

“Team gym is not as intense as usual meets so we thought we would have a go,” Ms Pickering said. 

“There is usually a lot of pressure placed on individuals in gymnastics, but because this was a team activity it was more about having fun,” she said. 

The teams had just seven weeks to put together three routines for the NT Championship. 

All performed to music, the teams competed in tumbling, trampoline and floor routines. 

“The pressure is off with the team gym competition,” she said. 

“One of the key things with kid’s sport is they need to have a fair chance of winning. 

“These are kids who had never even seen a competition before. 

“They were really supported and cheered on from the sidelines. 

“It was just a great introduction for the them to participate in a competition.” 

Kiara Smith wows the audience with her gymnastics skills. Picture: Supplied.

Kiara Smith wows the audience with her gymnastics skills. Picture: Supplied.

Active Feet, run solely by volunteers as part of the Katherine Gymnastics Club, meets once per week. 

“The results were outstanding,” Ms Pickering said. 

“We are just delighted with how they rose to the occasion and performed better than they ever had,” she said. 

Ms Pickering said the students were so excited with their team triumph, they are looking to compete next year. 

She said the option to compete nationally in a team gym competition was a possibility for the future. 

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