Young Macarthur gymnasts prepare for state titles

READY TO IMPRESS: Gymnasts Sofie Kourembes (left), Pauline Gibbe, Biblina Shamuels, Elizabeth Lisita-Chocheci and Chloe Tate are prepared for the state titles. Picture: D'Vine Gymsports
READY TO IMPRESS: Gymnasts Sofie Kourembes (left), Pauline Gibbe, Biblina Shamuels, Elizabeth Lisita-Chocheci and Chloe Tate are prepared for the state titles. Picture: D'Vine Gymsports

A strong contingent of Macarthur gymnasts will test their skills against the state's best this weekend.

Nine students from Smeaton Grange's D'Vine Gymsports will head to Sydney Gymnastics Centre to compete in the 2019 Winter State Championships on Saturday and Sunday.

D'Vine Gymsports owner Belinda Vine said the local gymnasts had trained well in the lead up to the event.

"These girls train four times a week, for up to 16 to 18 hours, so they are very dedicated," she said.

The Macarthur locals qualified after recording strong performances at the state trials last month.

Highlights included three gymnasts winning their categories.

Ambarvale's Elizabeth Lisita-Chocheci, 10, won her level five junior class.

Edmondson Park's Pauline Gibbe, 12, won the level six junior category while 10-year-old Chloe Tate, of Lansvale, won her level six junior class.

"The girls absolutely smashed it, we were over the moon," Vine said.

"The kids tried really hard and achieved excellent results."

D'Vine Gymsports moved to Smeaton Grange earlier this year. Vine said the club now had more than 250 members.

"There is enormous talent out here, it's why we chose to come out here," she said.

"The community has been so supportive."

D'Vine Gymsports is based at Unit 1, 11 McPherson Road, Smeaton Grange.