RISING STAR: Kaylan Moloney, 12, from Coal Point has been selected to represent NSW at the Australian National Gymnastics Championships. Pictures: Melinda McMillanTEN years of hard work and dedication to gymnastics has paid off for Kaylan Moloney who in May will head to the sport’s national championship.
It is the first time the 12 year old from Coal Point has made the cut for theAustralian National Gymnastics Championships.
And it is one Moloney’s long-time coach, Nance Foster, owner ofAdvance Academy of Gymnastics in Toronto, said she is incredibly proud of.
DEDICATED: Aphra O’Brien-Slade, 15, trains at Blackert Gymnastics Academy in Bennetts Green. She will compete in level 10 at the national championship.
“It’s exciting for her,” Foster said. “She’s had a rough run in the past couple of months.
“She’s had mental blocks on certain skills which we have worked to push through.
“She’s a strong little kid, a good kid that has worked hard since she was a 2 year old in kingergym.
“This goes to show what happens when you stick with it.
“Ten years down the track she’s headed to nationals.”
Moloney’s road to nationalsstarted as a 2 year old. She quickly advanced from kindergym to a development program.
At the age of 6, Moloney was crowned the NSW country level one champion and in the same year took out the Hunter region’s accolade for the same level.
TALENT: Kaylan Moloney, 12, Jorgie Hills, 14, Aphra O’Brien-Slade, 15, and Jasmine Fischbeck, 17, will compete at the national championship in May.
She has worked her way up through the gymnastics levels and last year, aged10, Moloney won NSW’s level six junior champion title and Hunter region champion.
This paved the way to this year’s back-to-back trials at the 2016 NSW Senior State Championships.
Moloney joined girls from right across the state at the two-daychampionship event in Sydney who were all vying for a spot in NSW teams for nationals.
In the end, Moloney placed fourth on vault and third on bars for an all round sixth placing.
“This is an enormous achievement,” Foster said.
“This is what you strive to achieve as a gymnast is to represent your state at a national event.
“It is a huge accomplishment for Kaylan but also for Advance as this is our very first level seven gymnast and the first year to be selected into a team.”
DEDICATED: Jorgie Hills, 14, trains at Blackert Gymnastics Academy in Bennetts Green. She will compete in level eight at the national championship.
Moloney has made the level seven NSW team that will compete at the national championship, to be held in Melbourne from May 23.
Blackert Gymnastics Academy in Bennetts Green, which has close ties with Foster’s academy, has also had success.
Five of its girls have been selected for nationals.
The academy’sAphra O’Brien-Slade, 15, and Jasmine Fischbeck, 17, will compete at nationals in NSW’s level 10 team.
Jorgie Hills, 14, and Edan Shorten, 13, will compete in level eight while Emma McGrath, 12, will compete in level seven alongside Moloney.
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