Friday 14 May 2021
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Gymnasts ready to collect more medals

After a stunning performance just last month at the national competition, the Simonfi Gymnastic Academy girls who will be joined by two other gymnasts are hard at work in preparation for the Region 5 Games scheduled from 1st to 5th November in Pretoria where they will represent Namibia.
The girls scooped about 40 medals including 8 gold medals, and four silver medals at the second qualifiers national artistic gymnastics competition held at The Dome in Swakopmund last month.
“The amplitude of the competition was that all clubs in the country competed.
The girls performed very good and some of them actually even surprised me,” said the clubs coach Juliana Simonfi who is herself an Olympiad with international judging status.
The club entered 44 girls competing from levels 1 to 6.
The club is currently hard at work flexing all muscles and perfecting all moves for another national competition scheduled from 19 – 20 October and a week later the Region 5 competitions.
The national competition gives the girls the opportunity to get their confidence and competition mindset ready before three of the gymnasts take on some of their peer starlets in the region.
The club has nurtured gymnasts such as Kimberly-Ann van Zyl, Ramona Beukes, Morihei Anderson who have been able to bag both Commonwealth and Olympic experience.
“For the national competition, the club will field again about 44 girls. This is good especially for the young girls who want to improve their levels and grow in the sport,” said Simonfi.
“As for the Region 5 competition, preparations are going very well so far. It is to our advantage that a week before we leave for Pretoria, we have the national games in Swakopmund again. This will be good for the team in strengthening their competitiveness,” Simonfi added.
The current crop at Simonfi’s club has thus far demonstrated that the sport code is destined to have future starlets. The former Olympiad trains girls as young as five years old in levels from 1 to 6. The club, which is located in Kleine Kuppe right across Virgin Active at the JKA Karate Hall is home to aspiring gymnasts.
“I like working with the young girls as early as 4 to 5 years old. Once you grow their confidence at that age they are ready to take on the stage.
It is my style that I always want more from them and they know this very well.

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