Nick tumbles to fifth at gymnastics nationals

By Deniliquin Pastoral Times

Local gymnast Nick Caruso had a fantastic showing at the 2018 Australian Gymnastics Championships at Hisense Arena in Melbourne recently, finishing fifth in tumbling at the event.

Representing Victoria in the Under 13s section Nick, who trains locally at Flipstars Deni, completed two five skill passes before completing an eight skill pass in the finals.

‘‘I was a bit nervous and pretty excited before I competed,’’ Nick said.

‘‘I wasn’t getting my full eight skill passes in the warm-up so we decided to go with five to start off with.

‘‘We decided to just go for it in the finals and I managed to complete the eight skill pass.

‘‘To be fifth in Australia feels pretty good.’’

Flipstars owner and head trainer Rachel Bucholtz was thrilled with Nick’s performance.

‘‘To see Nick competing at the national competition, which had been his goal, was an incredible and nerve racking moment.’’

Flipstars also had plenty of local success at the Palmer’s Gym Winter Tumbling Championships at Bendigo recently.

A group of 12 gymnasts represented Flipstars Deni at the event, which saw gymnasts from Bendigo, Moama, Cohuna and the local club compete.

Kira Dickie and Hayley Noonan claimed silver and bronze respectively in Level 2S in impressive performances.

Amelie Bulmer impressed in her first competition, winning a silver medal in the Under 10s Level 2S with Stella White also finishing second in Level 3.

Nick Caruso, who trains at both Flipstars and Palmer’s Gym, starred with a first place finish in Level 5.

Bucholtz said she was proud of the achievements of her gymnasts.

‘‘I was so impressed with the standard shown by all of our gymnasts both in their skills and sportsmanship,’’ she said.

Others to compete at the event were as follows:

Level 2S - Stevie Bateman (5th), Demi Marshall (9th), Jessica Van Zutphen (14th); Level 3 - Mikayla Simpson (5th), Gabby Wade (8th); Level 3S - Meg Marshall (7th), Daisy Daniel (8th).