CAROLYN’S School of Rhythmic Gymnastics (CSRG) trainee Chong Jia Qi was all smiles after winning two gold medals in the club and team categories at the National Youth Circuit Rhythmic Gymnastics Championships Series 2 in Kuantan, Pahang.
Competing in the grade five category, the 14-year-old gymnast also won a silver medal in the rope category and was fourth in the overall standings on her debut outing.
“Despite the stress of competing with other good gymnasts, I am satisfied with my performance,” she said.
“I did not expect a gold in the club category as I made a mistake during the routine but when I knew I topped the category, I was overjoyed.
“The club is my favourite apparatus and I was confident while going through all the elements in the routines.
“I had fun as I got to compete with other good gymnasts” she said, during the school’s annual grading classification at Sri KDU Primary School.
Jia Qi was one of the seven gymnasts in Team CSRG who won five golds and 14 silvers collectively.
In the grade three team event, CSRG’s Ashley Ling Zhi Yi, Mandy Cebelle Chen, Lai Yun Han, who teamed up with Lim Xian Qi from another training centre, won a silver medal in the category.
Mandy Cebelle said they could have done better to secure the champion’s title.
“There were some mistakes during the routines by the teams and some points were deducted from each performance,” she said.
Meanwhile, Ashley also won two golds in the ball and ribbon events for the grade three category.
“I was really confident while performing the routine but the other gymnasts also did well.
“It was a close competition and I was ecstatic after they announced the winners for the two events.”
In the pre-junior category, Iman Suraya Fakhri Yassin, 12, was on cloud nine after securing the gold medal in the ball category.
“I was rather disappointed in my hoop category as I felt I could do more during the competition.
“After that, I focused on my rope and club routines in delivering the points to catch up in the overall scoring.
“I finished fourth in the overall standings and this is my last national circuit. I will proceed to the junior category next year,” she said.
Au Yong said the girls did well especially those participating for the first time such as Jia Qi, as well as Aina Batrisya Joo Mazlan, who competed in the grade one category.
“I am impressed that six of them won the overall trophies, which is from first to fifth place.
“On top of that, all of them passed their annual classification and they will proceed to the next level.
“As for Iman Suraya and Cheam Hay Lee, they were not needed to participate in the annual grading classification as they are in their pre-junior level.
“More than 130 came for the annual grading classification event from Little Gymnast to grade five category.
“The gymnasts will now be gearing up for the District Schools Sports Council (MSSD) and state level competitions next year,” Au Yong added.