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Ace gymnast Bianca hoping to bounce back after injury
- Updated: October 15, 2014
By Mark Etheridge
South Africa’s World Games gymnast Bianca Zoonekynd is in a race against time to prepare for the Tumbling and Trampoline World Championships in the United States next month.
Zoonekynd, who also battled with a thigh injury at last year’s World Games in Cali, Colombia last year, is now back on the treatment table with a lower back injury.
The talented Port Elizabeth youngster (she turns 23 in January) has won a myriad national competitions in recent years. Most recently she won gold in the tumbling at last week’s SA Gym Games in Bellville and silver in the double mini trampoline.
Explained mom and coach Mandy to Road to Rio 2016: ‘She had a good tumbling comp but disaster struck in the double mini and resulted in a problematic back, which we have been nursing for worlds.
‘We’re three weeks away from leaving and we cannot train. She’s been at physiotherapists, chiropractors and doctors, had X-rays on the back but it’s just not getting better right now.’
World championships this year are at Daytona Beach, California. ‘I’m resting right now, trying to get my back right,’ said Zoonekynd junior. ‘The problems started about two months ago so we’re just hoping for the best.’