SYDNEY Hills gymnastics head coach Vassili Trofimov expected his gymnasts to improve at the recent national championships, but they went above and beyond his expectations.
Five athletes from the club travelled to Melbourne to represent their state and after competing admirably last year they returned ready to raise a few eyebrows.
The Castle Hill-based competitors — Ewen McConville, Cooper Wilson, Andrew Cantrill, Yi-Heng Wang and Alexander Warouw — proved themselves one of the best young teams of gymnasts in the country by taking out the national championship.
They also won silver in the open teams event.
Trofimov said he was blown away by the performances of all five of his charges.
"We were expecting them to come out and perform well, but they did even better than what we thought and they improved a lot on last year," Trofimov said.
Other notable achievements by the same gymnasts include Cantrill's third place in the floor, second on the pommel horse and vault, and Wang's win in the high bar.
Trofimov put the group's rise down to hard work and dedication by everyone involved.
"It's all about the commitment shown by not only the boys but the coaches and parents," he said.
"We'll be striving to get into the Australian team now."
Trofimov and the other coach Aliaksandr Kazhamiakin paid tribute to the more than 250 families involved in the club for their efforts in raising more than $600 to help get the five competitors to Melbourne.