THE newly reformed Eureka Gymnastics Club is continuing to chalk up impressive results, with three of its most promising juniors making the finals of the Victorian championships.
Amelia Everard, Darcy Zaina and Bianca Litchfield impressed in the qualifying events held over the past two weeks, with Everard, 12, and Zaina, 13, qualifying 25th and 24th respectively in the national level five division, while 16-year-old Litchfield qualified seventh in the state level 10 category.
The trio will compete across four apparatus’ in the vault, uneven bars, beam and floor events in the finals at the Geelong Arena in two weeks.
“Just to get to the finals is quite an achievement — it means that they are in the top-32 gymnasts in the state for their respective divisions, and the other three Eureka athletes that competed in the qualifying events weren’t far off either,” Eureka Gymnastics Club head coach Caleb Tivendale said.
“It’s the club’s first year of real operation, and we’ve only been operating out of our own gym since mid-July, and for the first six months of the year the girls had to travel to Geelong and use a community hall to train.”
Litchfield trains 12 hours per week as part of the routine for state level, while Everard and Zaina have unrestricted training schedules, but both will spend around 16 hours per week training for the finals.
Eureka began with eight members at the start of the year, but Tivendale believes that it is closing in on its target of achieving 100 members by December.