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Champion Brothers: Ritam (left) and Varchas Malik (right) are both state gymnastics champions after winning their respective age groups at the 2016 junior state championships in Rooty Hill. Picture: Simon BennettBrothers Ritam and Varchas Malik are NSW gymnastics champions.
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The pair competed in the junior state championship with Varchas, 6, the level two undersevenchampion andRitam, 9, winning the level four under nine title.

It was an impressive result, particularly for Ritam, who defeated the gold medalist at therecent national club carnival in Bendigo.

“When we finished our last apparatus, I thought someone else was going to come first but on high bar, I beat them by 0.3,” he said.

His eventual winning margin was 0.299.

Varchas faced stiff competition for histitle with a field of 51 competitors, holding his competitors off byfinishing in the top six for each discipline.

It was a strong result for Sydney Hills Gymnastics overall, with the club claiming four of the top 10 positions in level two.

Having competedsince he was four, Varchas said he was proud of his result.

“It’s my first time coming first,” he said. “I came third in onebut I improvedand I got first.”

The boy’s father Rajesh Malik, who was previouslya national champion gymnast in India, said the pair was focused on the sport, with both pointing to the Olympics as a goal.

“Normally when you have been in sports yourself, you put your dreams onto your children but I never had that,” he said.

“I’m happy that I didn’t have to push them into it and they actually got themselves into it.”

Sydney Hills Gymnastics head coach Vassili Trofimov said it was a fantastic result for the entire club with the Malik’s wins and Lucas Engesser, 10, taking out the level six competition.

He puts the results down tocommitment from the children, their families and the coaches.

“Commitment is quite a serious criteria in this sport where you spend so many hours in the gym. They train almost every day,” he said.

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