The international portion of the Queensland State Championships, which are currently being held at the Sleeman Centre in Chandler, suffered a sadly depleted field, with only three gymnasts competing in the Senior and Junior International divisions. MBC's Larrissa Miller was crowned senior champion by default, being the only competitor in her category (no sign of Amber Fulljames et al). Miller is a beautiful gymnast, but she didn't have the greatest of nights, suffering a fall on bars (her strongest event) and several falls on beam and floor. It is to be hoped she will fare better at the National Championships in Perth and at the Japanese competition she is scheduled to attend.
The Junior International division was won by QAS representative Bridget Beattie, the only one in her category to compete on all four events. Like Miller, Beattie was far from faultless, but she did quite well on beam and floor and avoided large mistakes on bars, although her handstands need some work on the latter apparatus. Teammate Amaya King-Koi, the only other competitor in the Junior International category, did not compete all events. She did pretty well on beam, showing off several difficult skills, but suffered a nasty fall on bars on a rough-looking Jaeger.
MBC's Shar-lee Clark and Georgia-Rose Brown had to sit out the Junior International competition, presumably due to injuries. Rumour has it Clark will miss Nationals too - again.
There was no IDP 10 competition, and only two gymnasts took part in the IDP 8 competition, both from QAS. In the end, Brittany Boffo edged out Tianye Boorman for the AA gold. Both girls displayed good strength, flexibility, skills and confidence on all apparatus. Their leaps and turns need a little work, but other than that they're very promising.
Several other promising girls from the junior IDP ranks had to watch the action from the sidelines, including QAS' Brittany George (who reportedly had elbow surgery a while ago) and MBC's Georgia Godwin and Brianna Wong.
Chloe Sims competed in the Level 10 competition, but did only two events - bars and beam. She suffered falls on both events and failed to medal.
* Emma Longmuir won (National) Level 10.
* Alyce Arrowsmith was spotted judging lower level girls
* MBC's Courtney Haley won Level 9, and was also named QLD Levels gymnast of the year.
* Sam Simpson won QLD International MAG of the Year
* AMBER WON QLD INTERNATIONAL WAG OF THE YEAR! Big love from the Team (B)ambi Queensland Delegation.