Gunnedah gymnast Claire Dowe wins Kevin Maunder Memorial Trophy

Claire Dowe was one of the standout performers for Gunnedah Gymnastics Centre at the recent Country Championships at the Hunter Sports Centre.

Successful meet: Gunnedah Gymnastics Centre members with the spoils of their efforts at the recent Country Championships.

Successful meet: Gunnedah Gymnastics Centre members with the spoils of their efforts at the recent Country Championships.

The club performed incredibly well in the women’s gymnastics competition, highlighted by Dowe winning the prestigious Kevin Maunder Memorial Trophy.

Named in memory of former Gunnedah coach Kevin Maunder, who passed away in 2013, the trophy is awarded to the highest scoring gymnast overall from Levels 3-6 across the whole weekend.

Dowe scored 38.2 out of a possible 40. She also won gold on Level 3.

Claire Dowe with the Kevin Maunder Memorial Trophy.

Claire Dowe with the Kevin Maunder Memorial Trophy.

Stella Robertson was another to achieve major success. Competing in Division 1 on Level 5, Robertson, finished first overall.

Some of the top performances of the championships for Gunnedah came from the Level 5 gymnasts, with Alice Edmunds placing third overall in Division 4.

The club also enjoyed success on Level 3 and 4 with numerous gymnasts finishing the competition with a gold banding.

Heidi White and Indiella Bryers all won gold on Level 4, and Dowe, Daisy White, Heidi Tull, Lillian Jeffery, Macey Carlyon, and Rhegan Jaeger likewise on Level 3.

Gymnasts travelled from as far as Lismore, Dubbo and Wagga Wagga to compete across six gymsports – acrobatic, men’s artistic, rhythmic, team gym, trampoline and women’s artistic gymnastics.

Locals will have the chance to catch the girls in action at the Gunnedah Gymnastics Centre this Saturday. At 11.30am there will be a free short performance by the girls who went away to the Country Championships.

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