Gold for gymnasts

Monarchs acro gymnasts enjoyed success in its first competition of the year in Taunton.

THE Monarchs acro gymnastics team from Highbridge were bubbling with excitement as they entered the first competition of the year in Taunton.

Thirty-five gymnasts competed against 15 other clubs for medals as they performed their routines.

“We are all proud. The gymnasts have worked really hard and have all done well,” said parent Tracey Cross.

This was the first competition for some of the gymnasts. In a competitive Grade 1 women’s groups category, congratulations goes to Madeleine Richardson, a new competitor, for winning the bronze medal with Madeleine Rose and Jazmine Bassett.

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Charlotte Bray also competed for the first time, with Eloise Baker and Holly Grainger finishing in a well-deserved fifth position. Heather Reed with her trio, Olivia Augar, another new competitor and Victoria Prior gained eighth place with Heather’s highest score to date.

Casey House, Alice Kelson and new addition Grace Huggins also gained eighth place within their category.

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Emily Woolley and Shauna Cross, grade 2 woman’s pairs, achieved a fantastic sixth place and also formed a new trio partnership with Katie Hoskins, gaining fifth overall in grade 2 women’s groups. This was Katie’s first competition as a base.

A stunning performance by Alice Dymond and Natasha Stockham, gained them silver in grade 3 women’s pairs category. Grade 4 women’s trio, Tallulah Harris, Poppy Broom and Sian Coogan’s artistic routines won them the bronze medal, with Shannon House, Emma Dymond and Mia Rowlands gaining fourth position.

The men’s four continue to perfect their tempo and balance routines winning the gold medal in the grade 4 men’s group.

Gemma Dade, Molly Hayes, Leonie Warburton, Ellie Petrie, Chloe Hayes, Caitlyn Cross, Mulberry Watkins and Holly Grainger, also competed, performing well in their categories.

Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club train up to 17 hours a week in order to bec competitive. They are currently looking for their own premises, enabling them to become a centre of excellence, accommodating their expanding club.

Please contact Mandy Warburton or Tony Merrett via contact numbers available on the website -

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