Missi to captain SA team at Border Challenge

SELECTED: Port Lincoln gymnast Missi White will captain the South Australian level seven team at the Border Challenge Competition in Queensland in June.
SELECTED: Port Lincoln gymnast Missi White will captain the South Australian level seven team at the Border Challenge Competition in Queensland in June.

Port Lincoln gymnast Missi White is the first country representative to be selected to represent the South Australian state team in the Border Challenge Competition and will captain her team along the way.

The 14-year-old was selected after impressing at two qualifying competitions in Adelaide, having won the beam and finishing second with her floor routine, to place her sixth in the state for all-round.

Missi trains three times a week but will compete in the level seven open division against metropolitan athletes from around Australia who train five or more times a week.

"I'm excited but i'm taking it as it is," she said.

"The team this year is the next step up for me in a state team."

Missi was voted team captain of her level seven team and will lead her nine other team mates at the upcoming event in Caloundra, Queensland.

She has had to travel to Adelaide nearly every weekend with her family since being selected, switching between driving the eight hours and flying.

Port Lincoln Gymnastics Club coach Meryl Davidson said the selection was excellent for the club and Missi but living outside of Adelaide did prove tricky when it came to state representation in any sport.

"We're geographically isolated," she said.

"It's very exciting for the club but it is tricky, we have had to travel to Adelaide almost every weekend for something whether it's coaching, competing or training."

The gymnast is hoping to fundraise $2000 to help cover some of the costs associated with the national competition, such as travel, accommodation, uniforms and fees, which takes place between June 27 and 30.