Tiny Courtney stars in first competition
FOR some, making your debut in a regional event can be a nerve-racking experience.
But for others, like Courtney Clark, they seem to relish the chance to finally shine on a competition stage.
The Hervey Bay gymnast is jumping with joy after blitzing the Sunshine Coast Invitational Competition.
One of 17 juniors from the Wide Bay Gymnastics Club who travelled to Woombye for the event, Courtney excelled in all apparatuses.
She won vault and beam, and finished second on floor and fifth on bars to take the overall crown against other gymnasts from Bundaberg, Sunshine Coast, Cooroy and Brisbane.
The eight-year-old's outstanding performance was enough for her to pass level one and she is now on track to complete her level three by the end of the year.
WBGC publicity officer Vickie Riphagen said she was a gifted athlete with plenty of potential.
"She is flexible, strong and dedicated, which is most important," she said.
"I was impressed with how perfect she was with everything she did; how slow and steady her routines were, she wasn't throwing her self around, she had great control."
Courtney took up the sport in New Zealand and loved it so much she continued with it when she moved to Hervey Bay earlier this year.
Since joining the Urangan-based WBGC, the Urangan Point State School student has shown a willingness to listen and absorb information.
Riphagen said the stellar debut of Courtney should give hope to other young gymnasts aiming to achieve immediate success.
"Everyone succeeds at their own level, but if you're dedicated, listen and learn, anyone can achieve success early on," she said.
Results of Wide Bay Gymnastics Club's gymnasts at the Sunshine Coast Invitational Competition
LEVEL 1 - Courtney Clark: 1st overall, 1st vault and beam, 2nd floor, 5th bars. Lashay Connor: 6th overall, 2nd vault, 3rd floor
LEVEL 2 - Katie Jankovic: 3rd bars - 1st medal at a competition
Ariel Mullen: 5th vault, 6th bars, 2nd floor
LEVEL 3 - Lacey Brown: 2nd overall, 1st beam, 3rd vault and bars, 4th floor. Abbey Skeet: 4th overall, 1st vault, 3rd bars, 5th floor. Danielle Sheppard: 2nd vault. Abbey Aston: 3rd vault, 6th bars
LEVEL 4 - Ella McConville: 3rd overall, 1st floor, 2nd beam, 3rd bars, 6th vault. Emmily Lingard: 6th overall, 3rd vault, 4th bars, 5th floor, 6th beam. Mia McWilliam: 5th overall, 1st vault, 6th beam
Maddison Beel: 2nd floor
LEVEL 5 - Danielle Sankey: 4th overall, 2nd vault, 4th bars & beam and floor. Denya Hopkins: 5th beam, 6th floor
LEVEL 6 - Samantha Jankovic: 1st overall, 1st bars and beam, 2nd vault, 5th floor. Katelyn Riphagen: 6th overall, 2nd beam, 6th floor
Danielle Penrose: 5th overall, 3rd floor, 5th bars, 6th beam and vault