Gymnasts’ annual gala

Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club held its annual gala and presentation at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College.

WESTON Aerobic Gymnastics Club held its annual gala and presentation at Broadoak Mathematics and Computing College, with hundreds of gymnasts performing their popular gala routines.

The gymnasts are fortunate to have professional dancer and choreographer Kat Saunders to write stunning display routines for the club, many of which have been selected to perform at the Help for Heroes concert at the Playhouse in December.

The club specialises in bringing out the talent in children of all ages and abilities. A packed audience watched the children perform, and it was obvious to see the fun and enjoyment all the gymnasts get from showing off their skills to proud parents.

The end of an exciting evening saw awards presented to the club’s top gymnasts.

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The Issy Sprague award for the gymnast who has worked hard to help others enjoy gymnastics went to Harmony Potter.

The most improved gymnast at national level was Jade Hayes, who has made a welcome return to the club and is making great improvements.

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Reserve gymnast of the year went to Keira Landen, who has had a superb year, coming seventh at the world championships in the pairs, and getting into the finals at the British Championships this year.

Gymnast of the year went to Matt Saunders. Matt has had a mixed year, a bad injury at the French Open Championships put paid to his chances at the World Championship. However, he fought back well and got the club’s highest ever score at this year’s British Championships and the title of junior champion.

Team spirit went to Dani Lintern and Jade Hunt. Both gymnasts give up many hours a week to work with the RAC gymnasts, training them, writing routines and coaching them at competitions.

Weston AGC are now planning a big expansion programme, having been given funding from British Gymnastics to significantly increase the number and level of coaches.

Along with plans to run a new gymnastics session just for boys, to be coached by the current junior male British champion, Matt Saunders, Weston AGC also houses the venue for the area’s top free running club FREE, plays host to fitness classes for adults and has just welcomed Matt Jupp with his buggy fit class into the Potteries Community Centre.

For details of any of these classes, please phone club manager Debbie Saunders on 07779 802110.

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