Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Country Kids Get Physical; Six Juniors from Grafton Physical Culture Club Will Contest the Australian Titles

Newspaper article Daily Examiner (Grafton, Australia)

Country Kids Get Physical; Six Juniors from Grafton Physical Culture Club Will Contest the Australian Titles

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Byline: Justine Crispin Grafton Physical Culture Club

PHYSICAL CULTURE: The Clarence Valley is set to be well represented at the upcoming physical culture Junior National Championships hosted at the famed Bjelke-Petersen School of Physical Culture in Sydney.

Six representatives from the Grafton Physical Culture Club will contest the Australian titles after advancing among the top five in their field at the recent Far North Coast Championships which were held at Coffs Harbour.

Eleven Clubs contested the regional Championships with Grafton, along with Coffs Harbour and Port Macquarie, being the three biggest clubs atending. Clubs from as far north as Ballina, south to Camden Haven and west to Tenterfield contested what turned out to be a very big weekend of very high standard performances.

Most sections had anywhere from 40 to 70 girls in their section, so getting a place was a great effort and reaching the final or semi-final also was not easy. But Grafton still managed to get six through the competition and these girls will continue to practice hard as they ready to represent Grafton and the Far North Coast/Mid North Coast at these titles.

Five year old Bridie McGrath reached the final of her age section and in the six years Paige Tilse also reached the final. Meanwhile in the seven years age group Mia Bathgate and Yuna Stavely-Alexander both did a great job getting through to the finals.

Eight year olds were outstanding with six of the girls reaching the finals. Shanae Crispin was second in this section and Andrea Thomson fourth with Mia Greive, Megan Wilcox, Cara Lomas and Amali McGrath all aquitting themselves well in the finals.

Grafton was also well represented in the nine years age group with Eliza Berrick and a very excited Jordyn Keefe making it through to the final of this section.

Bree Hunter was a deserving winner of the ten years and Mischa McGrath who is very new to physie also reached that final. The eleven year old winner for the third year in a row in her age group was Josie Bindon and an extremely excited Tanika Crispin placed fourth.

Though the judges were not too sure who was more excited for Tanika when her number was called - Josie who was jumping up and down with excitement on the stage or every other member of the Grafton Club. …

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