Everything points to London

It was our swimmers’ turn last week, but when the Olympic gymnastic trials roll round, keep an eye out for these two.

Maybe not for Beijing – more likely London 2012.

Cooroy Gymnastics Club’s Marvin Ford and Leah Vassallo head to Townsville next week to compete at the North Queensland Games, the largest regional multi-sport tournament in Australia.

Ford and Vassallo, both 12, will join some 6400 other competitors at the event, with Luke Evans – head coach at the Cooroy club – expecting big things.

“They’ll be competitive, I’ve got high hopes,” he said.

“Both are working at level six as high-performance gymnasts.

“I’ve been working with Marvin for about a year, he’s definitely one of our best.”

Evans said the pair’s best chances would come in the high bar, for Ford, and the floor, for Vassallo.

The biennial North Queensland Games start on April 11.

— Daniel Carroll


Come and Try day

Tewantin Tennis Club will be conducting a free Come And Try Day on Saturday, April 5, from 9am-11am, courtesy of the Department of Sport and Recreation funding, to assist in the development of junior tennis in the Tewantin/Noosa district.

 Tennis Australia director of coaching Daniel Carroll will attend, offering children aged five to 17 years the chance to try their hand at tennis.  With the introduction of Tennis Australia’s Aviva Tennis Hot Shots competition, children as young as five are now taking part in a modified competition held at Tewantin Tennis Club each Friday afternoon during the school terms.

Low compression tennis balls, smaller courts and nets allow children aged 5-12 years to serve, rally, and score with greater ease.

Coaching clinics are being held over the school holiday break, April 7 to 11, for all ages and standards.

There is plenty going on at Tewantin Tennis Club so come and find out what we have for you.

Registration is essential; please call 0421 328 384.

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