Young gymnasts fly out to world championships

PUBLISHED: 13:00 16 May 2018 | UPDATED: 13:00 16 May 2018

National Level gymnasts.

National Level gymnasts.


Weston Aerobic Gym Club members are flying out to Portugal to take part in the world championships.

At the Heathrow International Open Championships, Weston Aerobic Gym Club proved the team coaches are still consistently producing top level gymnasts and medals from regional up to world class.

The age 12-14 qualifications of a field of 24 international competitors saw Lola Lawrence and Nancy Law qualify for Group 1 individual female finals in first and third positions respectively.

Qualifying in first meant Lola was up first in her category for finals day, Lola performed a strong routine setting an exceptionally high standard for her fellow competitors, a long wait to the end saw Lola keep her ranking and secure the gold medal.

Last up in the category, Nancy performed a dazzling artistic routine to up her ranking and secure the silver medal. This is a superb omen as both girls travel to Portugal next week to represent Great Britain at the World Championships.

Also qualifying for finals in age Group 2 were Xena Hewett and Lauren Porter. Lauren significantly improved the ranking in finals to finish in eighth place.

Rhys Williams produced a good routine at his first international as a senior to come fourth, but sadly illness meant he had to withdraw from the finals.

Finals for the rest of the international squad saw more medals for the club.

National Development - individual female silver: Jasmine Dight; Group 1

individual male silver: Lewis Harvey; trio gold: Lola Lawrence, Molly Brown and Bella Styles; silver: Katie Ferris, Nancy Law and Seren Jones.

The group winning gold with another personal best were the team who will again be competing for Great Britain at the World Championships - Lola, Nancy, Molly, Bella and Seren.

At Regional Level, medals were won across all categories starting with the pre-foundations securing the top four places in the individual female category.

Gold: Niamh Austen; silver: Lottie Janes; bronze: Nicole Wong; fourth: Maria Wong.

Lottie, Nicole and Maria joined forces to take the gold in the trio category.

National Development - individual female bronze: Justina Makoetlane; individual male gold: Devon Howell; pairs gold: Devon Howell and Alexia Allcock; silver: Justina Makoetlane and Molly Hobbs; trio gold : Delphine Churchill, Matilda Belbin and Libby Hadley; bronze: Abi Doolan, Erin Richards and Lucy Whitfield.

Group 1 - individual male gold: Rhys Harvey; silver: Joe Hurst; pairs gold: Abi Robbins and Mpho Makoetlane; senior individual female gold: Francessca Cavaciuti.

The following day saw the National Level gymnasts take their turn to collect even more medals for the club.

Foundation - individual male gold: Jacob Dean. National Level - National Development - individual male gold: Jack Harvey.

Group 1 - pairs silver: Mya Mcconnell and Maddy Sherwood Dawson. Mya and Maddy joined teammates Lily Duffy, Freya Grafton and Olivia Damerall to perform an artistically pleasing routine that despite a slight technical error, earned them the gold medal.

Group 2 - individual male silver: Matt Maynard. Senior - individual female gold: Issy Worrall.

Weston are proving time and time again that by specialising in just one gymnastic discipline and with many highly-qualified coaches, they are providing the right environment for gymnasts of all ages to excel.

The gold medal winning gymnasts Seren, Nancy, Lola, Molly and Bella join the rest of the British team and fly off to the World Championships next week, with their personal coach Kat Saunders and team manager Deb Saunders.

Senior gymnast Rhys Williams flies out the following week with personal coach Shea Jones to join the team.

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