STARS: Wide Bay Gymnastics Club members who competed at the state championships. Front (from left): Felix McWilliam, Jandre Van Neikerk, Samuel Smith, Archie Keal and Lochlan Richards. Back (from left): Madeline Auld-Wade, Brydie Murphy, Mia McWilliam, Kiara Pugh, Jana Mostert, Zoe Butler and Abbie Aston.
STARS: Wide Bay Gymnastics Club members who competed at the state championships. Front (from left): Felix McWilliam, Jandre Van Neikerk, Samuel Smith, Archie Keal and Lochlan Richards. Back (from left): Madeline Auld-Wade, Brydie Murphy, Mia McWilliam, Kiara Pugh, Jana Mostert, Zoe Butler and Abbie Aston. Alistair Brightman

Wide Bay's junior gymnasts learning from the best

WIDE Bay Gymnastics Club's juniors are learning from one of the best in the country.

Jade Hodges has spent 22 years on the mat, and has been involved with the Walkers Rd club for the better part of the last decade.

Hodges finished third at the Australian Masters Games in Adelaide earlier this month, and the WBGC instructor said she was keen to improve on that result at the next Games.

"I fell off the bar twice so it wasn't ideal," she said.

"The next one is at Tasmania in two years so hopefully I can go a little better."

Hodges finished first on floor and second on vault and bars.

WBGC competitors travelled to Gladstone last weekend and all performed considerably well.

Katelyn Riphagen ticked a major goal as she passed her level nine, the highest of those who competed.



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