Congratulations to Josiah Hunter (Year 12)!
Josiah has trained competitively in gymnastics for over 12 years. He currently trains 15 hours a week with Forefront Gymnastics at Jandakot. His coach, Darren Hicks, has been coaching him for over 7 years. This year he was chosen alongside 6 other athletes to represent WA at the National Championships in Melbourne from 21-25 May, after competing successfully at the State Championships in April. He competed with other Level 7 gymnasts from all over the country. WA came fourth overall in Australia.
There are six apparatus they must compete on: pommel, rings, high bar, vault, parallel bars and floor. Each routine is judged by a panel of judges with points awarded and deducted based on difficulty and execution. The harder the routine, the higher the points… but the higher the risk! Gymnasts have broken many bones trying to master more complicated routines.
Josiah had his best result in pommel, where he came third and got bronze. His training partner, Joel Humich, came first in rings. Big thanks to his coach, teammates, school and parents for their support and encouragement.