WARRNAMBOOL gymnast Ella McCorkell skipped a school camp with friends to prepare for a state title tilt.
Ella, 14, qualified for the Victorian championships after placing 16th at the level eight state trials.
The top 32 gymnasts won through to the finals on November 9.
Warrnambool Springers coach Tegan McDonald said Ella’s versatility and commitment would hold her in good stead.
McDonald said Springers gave their gymnasts an option of six or nine hours’ training a week.
She said Ella always took up the longer option.
“She is a kid who doesn’t just have one strong apparatus, she’s quite strong on all four,” McDonald said.
“She’s always there, she always tries hard.
“She was meant to go on a school camp this week but said no so she could train.”
McDonald said Ella was “solid” at the trials in Maffra.
“She had no falls, which is the main thing,” she said.
“She was very, very good in all four of them.
“I would like her to place in the top half (at the state finals). Top 10 would be fabulous. We’ll make a few small changes to her routine.”
Ella said she was pleased with her performances at the trials.
“I did really well in my floor routine and beam routine,” she said.
“I will keep training really hard and hopefully I can improve where I can.
“It is a good way to keep fit and it’s really fun.”
The Warrnambool College student, who rated bars as her favourite apparatus, said she was excited to test herself at state level.
“It seems very professionally set out,” she said.