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24 June, 2021

Australian champion honours for Callum

MAREEBA’S Callum McCarthy has made two major vaults in his gymnastics journey becoming both a Queensland and Australian champion.

By Rhys Thomas

Mareeba’s Callum McCarthy has shown his stripes at the recent Australian Gymnastics Championships securing a gold medal in vault

MAREEBA’S Callum McCarthy has made two major vaults in his gymnastics journey becoming both a Queensland and Australian champion. 

Callum attended the Australian Gymnastics Championships recently winning the title for Level 9 open vault securing him as an Australian Champion. 

Just months before this Callum had successfully competed in the Queensland Gymnastics State Championships placing first in both the vault and floor apparatus. 

Now struggling with injuries and setbacks, Callum has shown himself and others what he is capable of. 

“It didn’t really hit me until a couple of days afterwards just sort of thinking about what I could have done better,” Callum said. 

“Definitely now it’s really sunk in and to know that my hard work has paid off and shown everyone what I can do.” 

Beginning his journey in Mareeba securing opportunities was difficult however after moving to the Gold Coast Callum grew in leaps and bounds.

“Moving to Brisbane Grammar, going to boarding school and leaving my family behind that was a tough decision,” Callum said. 

“And to come away from that with injures that are still ongoing, it set me back a lot both mentally and physically.

“COVID to me was a bit of an eye opener I realised that I could work a little bit harder and that I had more in me.” 

Callum will now participate in the Queensland Club Championships set to be held this weekend.  


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