Te Anau gymnast wins Southland champs

Te Anau's Hannah Norris, of the Invercargill Gymnastics Club, took out the highest trampoline score and highest tumbling score at the 2021 Southland Trampolining and Tumbling Championships in Te Anau at the weekend. Photo: Supplied

TE ANAU showcased the 2021 Southland Trampolining and Tumbling Championships last weekend.

Held at the Fiordland Events Centre, the championships were organised by Sylvia Bell, of the Te Anau Flite Club, and Emily Feit, of the Invercargill Gymnastics Club.

“The competition ran really well considering the Covid level restrictions. Having the junior competition in the morning and the seniors in the afternoon meant less waiting around for everyone. The restriction of the number of spectators meant it was quieter overall in the hall which made for a more relaxed feel,” Bell said.

Sixty trampoliners, aged 6-18, competed in three events for Southland Championship trophies with gymnasts from Aspiring Gymsports Wanaka and the Dunedin Trampoline Club also taking part.

Te Anau’s Hannah Norris (14), won the Tinnock Family Trophy (highest trampoline total score) and the Feit Cup (highest tumbling total score), while Katelyn Key, of Manapouri, won the Angi King-Turner Memorial Cup (double mini trampoline). Both Hannah and Katelyn, along with fellow Te Anau gymnast Holly Chaloner, all train with Te Anau club but train competitively with the Invercargill club.

Hannah and Katelyn travelled to Auckland as part of the Southland gymnastics team for the national championships in July. Hannah recently won 2021 Junior Girl Sportsperson of the Year for Southland Secondary Schools for her trampoline results at the nationals, which included gold in 13-14 year girls’ tumbling and synchronised trampoline and bronze for trampoline and double mini trampoline.