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A Queenstowner has gone through the hoops and podiumed at the inaugural Miss Lyra NZ aerial arts competition in Christchurch.

Gravity Aerial Arts & Entertainment student Anna Hurst (pictured) was “pretty stoked” to come third in the amateur category out of 10 contestants, after being first on the bill.

The 24-year-old, who’s trained for only a year-and-a-half, says she most enjoys the community that’s been created at the Remarkables Park studio, which has more than 80 students.

“Everyone I train with is amazing and they’re all really supportive of each other.

“It’s a nice environment to train in as well as getting fit at the same time.”

Former student Marine Mathieu, who now lives in Christchurch, finished second in the same category while highly-rated Gravity performer Sarah Jane was a guest judge.