In spite of the two flat tires we arrived in time to the Jan Wilken Stadium in Walvis Bay. We were here for the Rhythmic Gymnastics National Championships – 18-19 October 2013. It was only three months ago that Hanna won a surprising gold medal in the qualifying competition and now we were at the Nationals!Gymnasts from five clubs were here – Tsumeb Gymnastics Club, Sports Klub Windhoek, Walvis Bay Gymnastics Club, Windhoek Rhythmic Club and Ocean View Rhythmic Club (Swakopmund). This day – Friday 18th – Hanna was doing a group dance. While waiting we were able to see some very talented gymnasts in the higher levels. Here is Megan. She is 13 and competing in level 7. She is in the same school as Hanna and also competing for the same club – Windhoek Rhythmic Club.
Not too many gymnasts reach the Nationals so there cannot be many groups formed. In total there were nine groups. Two of the groups were in Hanna’s age, up to 9. The Level 1 gymnasts; Zionette Motinga, Hanna, Lize-Marie Harmse and Mienke Collard formed one group.