Gymnasts training to reach new highs

Dynamic Gymnastic Sports gymnasts including New Zealand Masters Games adult entrants, front from left, Nicci Glanville, Lorraine MacGregor, Michelle Stanley, Russell MacGregor and Stacey Judd.

Trampolinists and gymnasts from Dynamic Gymnastic Sports have ramped up training this month with national competition events looming.

Five adults, and eight children aged nine to 14, have been putting in extra training hours at their new club site over the summer holidays to perfect their crafts for various competitions.

Dynamic owner Nicci Glanville along with Michelle Stanley, Stacey Judd, and husband and wife duo Russell and Lorraine MacGregor were all due to compete in trampolining events at the New Zealand Masters Games in Dunedin early next month.

But this week the games were cancelled due to the nationwide change in traffic light status to Red.

It was a deeply disappointing time for the adults.

For Nicci, a seasoned trampolinist, it was to be her third masters games, but her first time competing in gymnastic events. In total she was signed up for seven events; trampolining, double mini, vault, bar, beam, floor and tumbling.

For Michelle, Stacey and Russell it was their second masters games.

But for Lorraine it was to be her first-ever event.

The training for younger club peers may still bear fruition with their events not due until March. They include gymnasts competing at age group Step 4 and 5 competitions, and the first national TCI qualifier for trampolining – seeking points for Canterbury team selection

– in early April.

Dynamic is due to hold the second national TCI qualifier in Ashburton ahead of the New Zealand Gymnastics Championships at Invercargill in mid-July.

All athletes have all been training twice a week, up to two hours each time, over the holiday period.

It has proved particularly labourious during some of the summer’s hotter days, Nicci said.

Dynamic has moved to a permanent set up site at the Ashburton Racecourse. They used to run out of the Ashburton Sports Hall on Burnett Street.

But after a three year search moved to a permanent site in a building at the racecourse. They moved in late-October. It means equipment, previously put away after each session, could now be left up, Nicci said. She was especially grateful to the Ashburton Raceway for the use of the site.

Dynamic has more than 200 gymnasts, trampolinists and parkour students active across its programmes, with ages ranging from babies at crawling stage through to adults. They have sessions four times a week.