Four Newman College students selected to compete at Australian Gymnastics Championships


Elizabeth Wear, Gemma Tarquinio, Celeste Travaglini and Emily Napier. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d454268
Elizabeth Wear, Gemma Tarquinio, Celeste Travaglini and Emily Napier. Picture: Andrew Ritchie d454268

FOUR Newman College students have taken their gymnastics skills to Melbourne for the 2016 Australian Gymnastics Championships.

Gemma Tarquinio (15, Doubleview), Emily Napier (13, Wembley Downs), Elizabeth Wear (17, Doubleview) and Celeste Travaglini (16, Stirling) have 42 years of gymnastics experience between them, and have been juggling up to 18 hours a week of training with their homework responsibilities to get to the big time.

Gemma, who does artistic gymnastics, said she started the sport at three years old to burn off energy.

“I just always had a lot of energy so my parents suggested it,” she said.

Despite 10 years of gymnastics, Celeste said she still had not received a major injury.

“I have never broken a bone,” she said.

It was a natural progression for Elizabeth, who was always doing cartwheels before she joined up.

Emily, the youngest, started doing artistic but changed to rhythmic when she was six.

The Melbourne competition is on until June 4 at Hisense Arena, where there girls’ team will go up against 16 others form around the country.