SWING AND HIT: Wide Bay Gymnastics Club’s state champion Jandre Van Niekerk.
SWING AND HIT: Wide Bay Gymnastics Club’s state champion Jandre Van Niekerk. Alistair Brightman

Jandre Van Niekerk: our state champion

HE HAS spent only two years in the sport but Jandre Van Niekerk is one of Wide Bay's most promising junior gymnasts.

Van Niekerk was one of several Wide Bay Gymnastics members to secure top results at the recent state championships in Brisbane.

The 12 year old finished first overall in the level five category, with fellow rising star Felix McWilliam finishing third.

Zoran Fitzek finished third in level three while Sam Smith performed solidly in level four.

Van Niekerk revealed the level of commitment he needed to achieve those results, which are the first steps in a journey he hopes culminates with a future gold medal.

"I'm probably here 20 hours a week," he said. "I'm here four nights a week and two mornings. I don't do any other sports so as soon as I finish at school I come here to train."

The next time he and the rest of Wide Bay Gymnastics' juniors hit the mat, bars or rings for competition will be to progress another level.

For Van Niekerk that will be level six, and he said he was confident he would perform well enough to progress.



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