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Matthew gets to show his moves

By Mark Etheridge

The final component of Team South Africa’s gymnastic routine at the 2009 World Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan will be in action Friday.

That’s Matthew Levy in the aerobic gymnastics category.

The 32-year-old from Table View in Cape Town competes in a category of eight competitors, of which two will drop out after the first round.

Levy will cram his routine into a 1min 30min time frame. That may not sound long but when you’re at the top end of your physical output, it’s an awfully long time.

“This year the competition time has actually been reduced from 1:45 to 1:30 due to the sheer intensity of the routines and the medical hazards,” says Levy’s coach and a former World Games competitor herself, Anne Cameron-Smith.

Competitors are judged in four categories — A (push-ups), B (support), C (jumps) and D (flexibility).

He has to show the judges 10 elements from these categories, five of them on the floor and five of them in the air.

Cameron-Smith has coached Levy since 2006 and his carefully choreographed routine will be done to the strains of Phil Garrod’s NFL Football Theme.

Can he go through to the next round? “Lets wait and see, he’s had a bit of a calf strain since getting here and we must just hope it holds out,” says Cameron-Smith.