Joshua Hansen-Robitschek turns heads in competitive gymnastics debut

Dave Kearsey
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Two summers ago, Roy Robitschek and Kristia Hansen had to go away to Ontario so they registered their son Joshua for a Saltos gymnastics camp to keep him busy.

Joshua Hansen-Robitschek had so much fun he stuck with it and now he’s showing he can do some neat things early in his development as a budding male gymnast with Saltos.

“I thought that was really fun and the coaches thought I did really good so they put me in pre-competitive,” Joshua said of his introduction to the sport.

It’s only been a little over a year since he became involved in the competitive side of the sport, but you’d never say it judging by his performance in his debut this past weekend in Mount Pearl.

The 11-year-old Grade 6 student at St. Gerard’s School finished second overall in the Level 1 Under-12 male division at the 2014 Frosty Flip Invitational hosted by the Campia Gymnastics Club of Mount Pearl over the weekend. His second-place finish among a field of seven competitors included gold in rings and horizontal bars, while capturing silver in floor, parallel bars and pommels. He had to settle for seventh spot overall in vault.

Joshua never really knew what to expect when he went into the competition, but he was really happy to achieve success because he was under the weather when he competed.

“I was surprised because the day that it happened I was sick and I had the flu, so I was really surprised that I made it second place overall,” he said.

Feeling better

Travelling back from the east coast Monday with his parents, with a handful of medals to show up, battling a flu bug was the last thing he had on his mind.

“Yeah, I’m feeling much better,” he said.

He admits he was a tad nervous when the idea of competing came up, but he was cool, calm and collected by the time it was time to shine.

“It was really fun. I got to meet a lot of new people and I went there with my teammate Josh Skinner,” he said.

“I was sort of nervous when I first heard about it, but when the day came I wasn’t that nervous,” he said.“I need to give thanks to my coach Evan Brake because he’s helped me a lot.”

Keeping active in a sport he feels allows him to continuously learn new skills and meet new people from all over the province is certainly some of the attractive things about his chosen sport. But, he also believes honing his gymnastics skills can help him or anybody for that matter with other activities.

“Gymnastics doesn’t just help you do gymnastics, it helps with other sports too because it helps with stamina, balance and strength to keep yourself up,” he said.

Time will tell how far Joshua will take gymnastics. One thing for sure is he’s having fun so that’s a pretty good starting point to achieving success in anything.

Joshua was joined on the road trip by his fellow Saltos gymnasts who had their share of success against some of the top competitive gymnasts in the province.

Organizations: Campia Gymnastics Club of Mount Pearl

Geographic location: Ontario, Gerard

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