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Inner Western Courier Thursday Not Used Anymore : September 17 2008
56 INNER-WEST WEEKLY, Thursday, September 18, 2008 MB Inner-West Weekly Sport Eyes on the major prize ZILKA GROGAN JUNIOR SPORTS STAR Gymnast Gemma Pantalone is this week's Junior Sport Star nominee. Picture: PHIL BLATCH ~PP191019 IT may not be as famous as its sister sport but gymnastic sport aerobics has still caught Gemma Pantalone's eye. The 14-year-old from Concord West represented NSW in the junior singles category at the FISAF National Competition in Queensland on Wednesday. She won gold at state level this year. Gemma will also compete in the FIG National Championships in October, after winning the state competition earlier in the year. Last year she came third in the nationals. This year she also won a bronze medal in the Spirit Downunder Championships in Queensland. Gemma started gymnastics when she was six years old and changed to gymnastic sport aerobics three years ago. Unlike artistic gymnastics which involves four different ap- paratus and aerial skills, gymnas- tic sport aerobics requires a fast- paced dance routine on the floor. Gymnasts are assessed on four aspects of their performance -- strength, static strength, flexi- bility and balance. Despite the high-impact nature of the sport, Gemma enjoys per- forming and hopes to make it to the world championships one day. ''Once you're there with all your friends, it's a really, really fun sport,'' she said. ''You can just go out there and have fun.'' She almost did not make it to the nationals but her mum was ada- mant that she enter the state competition. Gemma's mum Isabel said: ''To come out and actually come first at that particular competition was just such a big plus. ''She never blows her own trum- pet. She always under-rates her- self. She's really worked hard and she does so well.'' Gemma is this week's nominee for the Inner-West Weekly Junior Sports Star of the Year award. She is in the running to win a medal and $1000. To nominate a promising young athlete, fill in the coupon on page 54 or visit our website at www.innerwestweekly.com.au THE MANIA B'DAY SALE Shop 3, 29-45 Parramatta Rd Concord 9744 5611 Shop 2, 76 Anzac Pde Kensington 9663 5600 SHOWROOM OPEN 6 DAYS www.floormania.com.au 2112580i iww wk10 ALL MATERIALS AND LABOUR GUARANTEED Solid Timber Flooring + Block/Mosaic Parquetry + Sanding/Polishing + Floating Floors + Cork Flooring + Vinyl + Rugs + Blinds A BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Lic. no. 180447c BUSINESS OF THE YEAR MANY MORE SPECIALS IN STORE $55/m² Blackbut 80 x 19mm $55/m² Flooded 80 x 19mm $19 .50/m² 7mm Belgium Laminate Flooring - supply only $95/m² ReadyFlor Spotted Gum 1 strip - supply only $110 Peerless Gemini maintenance kits 50%off All rugs in showroom NEW to Floormania Timber Venetian Blinds, see in store for display All prices Include GST
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