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YMCA gymnasts to represent Australia at 2016 Down Syndrome Trisome Games in Italy

08 Jun 2016 - Media ReleasesRecreation

Two NSW gymnasts will be vaulted into the big time when they represent Australia at the World Down Syndrome Trisome Games in Italy next month (July).

Christopher Bunton, 23 from St Clair and Nicholas Zrnic, also 23 from Winston Hills are the only two Australian male gymnasts heading to the games.

The teammates are also training mates at Epping YMCA.

Both Chris and Nick have been doing Gymnastics since the age of 8 and are seasoned performers, having competed widely at state and national level Special Olympics meets.

Chris has also represented Australia at two World Special Olympics Games, winning gold, silver and bronze medals.

Chris said: “I am very excited to go to the Trisome Games both because it is in Italy and it is the first time an Australian team will compete in Gymnastics at an international games that are only for people with Down Syndrome. It will be a great experience!”

YMCA NSW CEO Leisa Hart congratulated the pair on securing spots in the team.

“What a fantastic achievement by Christopher and Nicholas to qualify for the 2016 Trisome Games. As an organisation, we are very proud of them and we wish them all the very best as they represent Australia in the competition.”

The 2016 Trisome Games runs from 15-22 July in Florence. The Games will feature competitors from sports including Gymnastics, Athletics, Futsal, Judo, Swimming, Tennis and Table Tennis.

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Louise O’Donnell

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About the YMCA:


YMCA NSW is a community not-for-profit organisation committed to connecting people to their communities to live healthier and happier lives.

We deliver services in more than 100 locations across NSW including camps, before and after school care, community recreation and sporting facilities, swimming pools and youth services. We also raise funds to deliver much needed community programs.

With a commitment to delivering healthy living programs, empowering young people and making a positive social impact, we strive to ensure that every individual has access to the essentials needed to learn, grow and thrive. With the Y, everyone can be healthier, happier and connected to their community.

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