Keeley flying high in gymnastics

By Viv Logie

Greymouth gymnast Keeley Stewart has been selected in the top of the south team to compete at the New Zealand Nationals, at Napier in October.
The 13-year-old is the first member of the Greymouth Gymnastic Club since Lisa McInroe (nee Nelson) went to the nationals 25 years ago, representing Canterbury in Wellington.
The top of the south team is made up of four gymnasts from the Nelson, Marlborough and West Coast regions.
McInroe says Keeley’s achievement is “massive”.
She was among nine gymnasts vying for a place in the team and had to work extremely hard after failing in one of her competitions.
“The athletes are selected after three competitions where they are ranked, and Stewart had one bad contest and had
to put in top performances in the remaining two to get a place in the team,” McInroe said.
“It was a big achievement as Keeley had to do it in two competitions, not the three.”
At the nationals she will be competing in all four disciplines — the bar, beam, floor and vault, which is her speciality.
Already she has had some impressive results. She took first place in the South Island championships, the Canterbury Championships and the CSG Classic and was second in the top of the south contest.
Keeley is coached by Anna Gordon and has been involved in gymnastics since she was three. She competes in the step 5 grade. The nationals will be her first “real” competition at a senior level.