EMERALD gymnast Ben Heinemann came within a whisker of perfection at Gladstone's gymnastics club competition late last month.
The St Patrick's Primary School grade three student scored a stunning 9.375 points out of a possible 10 on the high bar, to command a dominant first placing in the discipline.
The high bar is one of a number of routines in the men's (MAG) and women's (WAG) artistic gymnastic events, where the competitor performs a number of twists, turns and changes of direction with a dismount.
As the only male competitor from the Emerald Gymnastics and Trampoline Club competing in Gladstone, young Ben would be warranted for feeling a little out-numbered
But the level three performer took it all in his stride, taking out a fourth placing on the parallel bars as well.
Also representing the Emerald club in the women's artistic divisions was level two representative Felicity Gersbach, who placed second on Vault and third on Beam for a respectable fifth placing overall.
Fellow level two powerhouse Samantha Munt placed third on bars and sixth overall.
Level four gymnast Mikayla Graves placed first on Vault but without the support apparatus scores to match was relegated to sixth place overall.
In WAG level four, Lucy Heinemann placed fourth on beam.
Head coach Sue Fehlhaber said she couldn't have asked for better performances from her young training group at the meet.
"They were all were extremely pleased with their efforts at the competition and are back training hard for our club competition this weekend," Sue said.
Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.