Hours of training have paid off for Oamaru teenager Lily Pali, who won a bronze medal at the recent New Zealand Gymnastics Championships in Auckland.
Lily (15) was one of four trampolinists from Oamaru’s Saints Trampoline Club who competed at the national championships earlier this month. Samantha Atley (17), Joshua Collins (15) and Charlotte Lane (12) also represented the Aorangi region and had a successful competition, all qualifying for at least one top eight final.
Saints Trampoline Club head coach Michelle Johnston was proud of her trampolinists’ achievements.
“It was a highly successful national championships for the four Saints members and they have returned feeling extremely proud of their achievements,” she said.
The highlight of the championships for the Aorangi team was Lily’s bronze medal-winning performance on the double mini trampoline.
“Competing in the highly competitive 15 to 16 years women’s age group, this was an outstanding achievement for Lily,” Johnston said.
“Lily also competed well in the individual trampoline division to finish a commendable 10th place.”
It was Joshua’s first taste of competition at a national level. He was seventh in the 15-16 years men’s double mini trampoline final and 13th in the individual trampoline division.
Samantha came close to medalling, placing fifth in the double mini trampoline final and eighth as an individual in her age group.
Johnston said 12-year-old Charlotte was “unlucky” not to make the final top eight in her two individual events, finishing in 11th place for the trampoline and 12th for the double mini.
She then partnered with Otago’s Elizabeth Pell in the 11-12 years women’s synchronised trampoline, placing sixth in the country.