Bayswater gymnasts hold heads high at national championships


Lauren O’Brien impressed at the recent national championships.  Picture: Andrew Ritchie �������   d469037
Lauren O’Brien impressed at the recent national championships. Picture: Andrew Ritchie ������� d469037

STAR-Mites Gym Sports coach Claire McShanag says her gymnasts would benefit from having competed against Australia’s best at the recent national championships.

Seven gymnasts placed in the top six of their respective disciplines at the 2017 Australian Gymnastics Championships last month.

WA state team member Lauren O’Brien (20) finished fourth in floor and fifth in vault.

Rising star Sophie Prince, who won the junior 14-and-under gold in floor, bronze in bars and team, along with fifth place in all-apparatus, earned a spot on the national junior team.

Hannah Tarzan claimed silver in bars and a bronze team medal in the international level 10 division.

McShanag said she was proud to see her gymnasts’ hard work reflected in their results.

“As a coach, you just want to watch them do well and achieve their dreams and they absolutely did that,” she said.

“The experience of travelling to nationals brings out the love they have for representing their state and making new friends on the trip.”

McShanag said O’Brien and Megan Faas impressed at nationals.

“Megan Faas, who competed at her first nationals, really enjoyed the experience and said that she learnt a lot, coming home with renewed enthusiasm to try new skills,” she said.

“Lauren O’Brien did extremely well – she competed on three of four apparatus during the competition,” she said.

“This is an amazing result seeing as she was competing against well over 60 athletes in her level.”