Success for aerobics team

Pair of aces . . . Lauren Scarth (top) and Ashley Kavanagh won the open level 2 pairs at the 2022 New Zealand Gymnas› tics Championships in Invercargill during the school holidays. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

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The New Zealand Gymnastics Championships held in Invercargill over July 13›16 were the most successful championship the Otago aerobics team has had in many years, coach Janine McCaughan said.

Highlights included the trophy award to Balclutha’s Lauren Scarth

(10) for the highest combined artistry and execution score across all open levels.

Ashley Kavanagh (10) won the open level 2 individual category, in which Lauren came second, and together the girls came first in the open level 2 pairs/trios category.

Keira Frisby (12) came fifth overall in the open level 3 individual section, Katy Gilder (16) placed 11th in the ADP 4 individual and Taylor McCaughan came second in the individual senior international category.

Otago’s youngest athlete, Isla Brookland (9), came home from her first national championships with a bronze medal for her open level 2 individual routine and Otago Aerobics, whose athletes are trained by Astra Gymnastics Incorporated and Balclutha Gymnastics Club, was named the best›conducted province for the third year in a row.

‘‘I’m so proud of the performance of the team over the championships and the support from all the parents,’’ coach McCaughan said.

‘‘Exercise and fitness is making a big comeback, and for strength, endurance, co›ordination and dexterity, aerobics ticks all the boxes.’’