LOCAL resident, Will Haines is well on his way to the Commonwealth and Olympic Games, after taking out third place overall at the Victorian State Gymnastic Championships and gold and silver on two individual apparatus events at just 12 years of age.
Having started gymnastics at 6 years old, Will was the youngest ever gymnast to have been accepted into the Victorian Gymnastics High Performance Centre in Melbourne one year later and last month took on the Australian Championships where he placed 19th in the country. During the recent two day state championships Will placed silver on both the rings and high bar individual sets with scores of 10.200 and 9.750 respectively and gold on the parallel bars scoring 10.000 in the skill level category of 7 Under.
Will said, “I started back flipping onto my stomach when I was five and a half so my dad encouraged me to get some training to do it right, and it all went uphill from there.
“On the first day of the championships I was first all round, but I had a couple of mishaps on the second day.
“It would be great to be able to compete in the Commonwealth and Olympic Games.
“I’m looking forward to next year and beating my scores from this year, but it’s going to be a little bit harder because I will be going up a skill level.”