Wildcard entry offers valuable experience for Warrnambool Springers gymnasts

Warrnambool Springers level three gymnasts headed to the state pennant are Catie Ragg, 10 (left), Kalani Plant, 10, Kaitlyn Lane, 12, Lily Jenkins, 8, and Bridget Haberfield, 9. 140813AS01 Picture: AARON SAWALL

Warrnambool Springers level three gymnasts headed to the state pennant are Catie Ragg, 10 (left), Kalani Plant, 10, Kaitlyn Lane, 12, Lily Jenkins, 8, and Bridget Haberfield, 9. 140813AS01 Picture: AARON SAWALL

WARRNAMBOOL Springers want to make the most of a wildcard entry when they compete at state level on Sunday.

Level three team Lily Jenkins, Bridget Haberfield, Kalani Plant, Kaitlyn Lane and Catie Ragg will complete floor, vault, bar and beam apparatus in Melbourne.

Co-coach Samantha Dayman said the Gymnastics Victoria-run competition would be an eye-opener for her young team.

“It is a tough competition,” she said.

“Lots of metropolitan clubs go. We are basically the only rural club going because of the wildcard.

“We probably won’t win but we’re going for the experience.”

Dayman, who coaches alongside Ashleigh Crimmin, said her team used the Warrnambool Springers Invitational in July to qualify for the state pennant competition this weekend, which is for levels one to three.

“It was a special kind of competition where if your team won overall you didn’t have to go to qualifiers,” she said.

Dayman, 19, is in her second year of coaching at Springers and Crimmin, 19, in her first. 

Warrnambool will compete on Sunday afternoon after a 20-minute warm-up, with Dayman expecting floor to provide her team with its best results.

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