Strong team spirit on display at PCYC Nations of Origin

If there was one word to describe the inaugural gymnastics event at the PCYC Nations of Origin, it would be: teamwork.

But one word is not enough. The teamwork on display was equally matched by the enthusiasm, joy and nervous excitement of groups competing for the first time at the Nations of Origin. 

The multi-sport tournament brings together participants annually, typically following NAIDOC week, to motivate youth to celebrate Indigenous culture across Australia and its history. The program has four main components: reconciliation, education, cultural identity and sport.

This was the first time gymnastics was included, with a competition held at Cessnock PCYC on Saturday, October 8.

Seven teams representing six nations tumbled, jumped and danced their way across the gym floor.

Representing the Wirajuri nation, 11-year-old Georgia Walsh, said she had been looking forward to seeing everyone’s routines and how they performed them for the crowd.

And 13-year-old Lashay Weldon said she was proud to represent Biripi country and loved preparing in the gym with friends.

“I like going to gymnastics to meet new people,” she said.

The seven participating teams and their Nations were:

Newcastle – Awabakal
Taree 1 – Biripi
Taree 2 – Biripi
Campbelltown – Tharawal
Dubbo – Wiradjuri
Maitland – Wonnarua
Hornsby – Darkinjung

Congratulations to all the teams, who worked together and put their heart into the routines!