IF YOU had to choose between going to your Year 12 formal or to a potentially life changing awards ceremony, what would you pick?

That's the dilemma Hervey Bay girl Maddison Beel is facing.

The 17-year-old has won the school-based apprentice or trainee of the year category for the North Coast, and is now through to the state finals of the Queensland Training Awards.

The win comes from Maddison's work as a gymnastics coach at Wide Bay Gymnastics Club, where she coaches the level 3-5 competitive girls.

Wide Bay Gymnastics Club - trainer Maddison Beel working with Mia Wright.
Wide Bay Gymnastics Club - trainer Maddison Beel working with Mia Wright.

She is also a judge and dreams of working on the international scene.

"Normally, I give about 15 hours a week to gymnastics, doing the coaching," she said.

"In the competition season which is about half of the year, I do about 20-30 hours a week which includes going to competitions every second weekend."

Wide Bay Gymnastics Club coach Maddison Beel won the school-based apprentice or trainee of the year category for the North Coast, in the Queensland Training Awards.
Wide Bay Gymnastics Club coach Maddison Beel won the school-based apprentice or trainee of the year category for the North Coast, in the Queensland Training Awards.

Also a Year 12 student at Xavier Catholic College, how does she manage to balance the rigorous schedule?

"I don't know, I'm constantly working in class," Maddison said.

"As soon as you get an assignment, you just have to get it done right away."

Maddison was a competitive gymnast herself from the age of seven, and transitioned to a coaching role three years ago.

"I've just never got sick of gymnastics," she said.

"It amazes me how strong you have to be and how flexible you have to be."

Holding multiple qualifications in the fitness industry already, Maddison has her eyes set on studying dietetics at university.

She also hopes to be a judge at the 2018 Commonwealth Games.

And in regards to whether she will go to her formal or the awards night, Maddison is yet to choose.


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