Young Port Lincoln gymnast Missi White impressed with a bronze individual medal and a silver team medal at the 2018 Trans Bass Challenge in Geelong on November 2.
The event saw the South Australian compete against gymnasts from Victoria and Tasmania in level six and seven gymnastics.
Individual efforts on the vault, beam, uneven bars and floor apparatus were tallied together to go towards and overall team result.
Missi was the first country athlete to be selected for South Australia’s Trans Bass team, as a part of the level seven team.
She earned an individual bronze for the beam with a score of 12.133 and was also selected for an encore performance, which went towards the team result and scored a personal best of 12.633.
In her other events Missi scored 11.300 on the vault, 9.700 on the uneven bars and 12.000 on the floor with an all around score of 45.133, the eighth highest for level 7.
Overall South Australia scored 140.832 to finish second behind Victoria on 145.831, Tasmania were third with 129.849.
Missi said she found the whole event to be “really exciting” and enjoyed competing as part of a team, which was a new experience for her.
This was the culmination of preparation for Missi, who attended training sessions in Adelaide on October 14 and 28 in the lead up to the event.
Port Lincoln Gymnastics coach Meryl Davidson, who served as a judge at the event, said her teammates in Port Lincoln also helped to provide a team environment as she was far away from the remaining members of the Trans Bass team.
She said Missi performed really well at the event.
"Missi prepared herself really well and was very confident going into the competition,” she said.
“I’m very proud as a member of our club and our state in what she’s achieved.”
South Australia also finished second to Victoria in the level six competition.
Missi will continue to train to be a part of other teams, including the state team for the Australian Nationals and the South Australian team that will compete in the Border Challenge, which involves gymnasts from New South Wales and Queensland.