Team brings back the booty
WHEN 17 young rhythmic gymnasts from Coffs Harbour headed to Broadmeadow for the New South Wales country championships, the expectation was a fair share of medals and trophies.
The eventual outcome was a haul that almost required an armoured car to bring the booty home and coach Kerrie Mancini could not be happier.
"Every gymnast earned at least one medal," the coach said proudly.
The full tally was a total of 65 medals and nine trophies, enough to give Coffs Harbour the overall second placing in the state.
"It was a stunning result," Mancini said.
"We took an overall placing at every level.
"Even the gymnasts who took part in the multiples events won at least one medal."
The outstanding competitors were:
Level One (junior): Ayla Avard (first overall); Casey Ridley (third).
Level Two (junior): Chloe Chapman (second).
Level Three (junior): Kate Spoehr (first). Level Five (junior): Elora Ayoub (second).
Level Six (senior): Danika McKay (second).
Level Eight: Alissa Baker (first in Ball).
Level Nine: Bonni Sambrook (first overall).
Level Ten: Natasha Moule (first); Kassy Armytage (second).