Members of the Otago Gymsports team (aerobics, trampoline, rhythmic, and artistic gymnastics) headed off on Monday to compete in the 2021 New Zealand Gymnastics Championships being held in Auckland from July 20 to 24.
Among the large contingent were four members of the Balclutha Gymnastics Club.
The Otago Gymsports team was made up of athletes from Alexandra Gymnastics (aerobic), Astra Gymnastics (rhythmic & aerobics), Balclutha Gymnastics (aerobics), Dunedin Trampoline Sports (men’s & women’s trampoline & tumbling), Greater Green Island Gymnastics (rhythmic), St Bernadette’s Gymnastics (artistic gymnastics) and Dunedin Gymnastics Academy (men’s & women’s artistic gymnastics).
‘‘Regardless of how they all go I think they have all achieved gold medal status with the work they have all had to undertake just to qualify for the nationals,’’ trampoline coach Jenny Newstead said.
Athletes had had a really hard time with nationals cancelled last year as well as many other national and international competitions due to Covid›19, Balclutha aerobics coach Janine McCaughan said.
‘‘It is a testament to their passion to their chosen codes and to the fact that they love their sport so much that they have all continued to train and qualify to represent Otago,’’she said.
‘‘As coaches we are extremely proud of our athletes’ resilience and passion.’’