Two young male gymnasts are quickly making a name for themselves, and paving the wayuu for other young boys to embrace the sport of Gymnastics.
Joshua Lee and Joshua Thompson both attend Medowie Christian School and both train at Hunter Sports Centre, Glendale.
The two Joshua’s were selected this year, based on their results from the 2015 State Championships, to participate in the 2016 NSW Gymnastics State Development Squad.
Their selection involves them travelling to Sydney to train with gymnasts and coaches from many NSW clubs, including the High Performance Centre.
It is a fantastic achievement having two local boys selected for this team, when most of the boys generally come from city clubs.
Joshua Lee is participating in this squad for his second year.
For Joshua Thompson, it is his first year.
Both boys competed in the Christian Schools State competition in August in Sydney where Joshua Thompson placed first in Level 2, and Joshua Lee placed first in Level 4.
Over the holidays both boys competed at Country Championships where 9-year-old Joshua Lee placed 2nd in Level 4, and 7-year-old Joshua Thompson placed first in Level 2.
Programs manager Rohan Kennedy told News Of The Area, “Both boys have just competed at the State Championship this weekend where they have continued to make improvements, and although this is the final; competition of the year they will continue to train throughout November, December and January in preparation for 2017.”
“Both boys have the talent to go a long way in Men’s gymnastics, and may well one day represent NSW and Australia.”
“Gymnastics has been proven to be one of the best forms of fundamental movement and many successful international athletes have had a solid grounding in gymnastics before moving into other sports,” he said.
News Of The Area congratulates the two Joshua’s in their impressive achievements to date, and looking forward to keeping locals up to date on their sporting progress.
By Rachael VAUGHAN