Monarchs compete with the best in the country

Katie Hoskins and Ellie Petrie.

Katie Hoskins and Ellie Petrie. - Credit: Archant

Gymnasts from the Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club competed against some of the country’s best gymnasts at a competition in Stoke-on-Trent.

FOUR young talented gymnasts returned from the Acrobatic Gymnastics Pat Wade Classic national competition held in Stoke-on-Trent, thrilled with their achievements.

Over 240 gymnasts took part from 30 clubs around Great Britain with visiting gymnasts from Germany and Switzerland competing to be ranked as some of the highest level gymnasts in the country.

Alice Dymond, Natasha Stockham, Katie Hoskins and Ellie Petrie of Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club, Highbridge, competed against British medallists from the recent world championships, performing at an outstanding level of skill and difficulty within acrobatics.

Katie and Ellie competed in the 11-16 years pairs category and were running seventh out of a total of 18 partnerships, following their balance and tempo routines, qualifying for the finals, where they achieved an outstanding fourth position overall, with a finishing score of 26.600.

Alice and Natasha competed in the 12-18 years pairs category and were an outstanding fourth following their tempo and balance routine, qualifying for the finals, where they achieved an amazing seventh overall for their combined routine.

All four girls demonstrated and performed their routines to an exceedingly high standard. The time committed from both the gymnasts and their coaches is outstanding and all the hard work certainly paid off.

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Their coaches, Tony Merrett and Mandy Warburton, were very proud and pleased with the results. Special thanks to Naomi Shepherd, also a coach at Monarchs, for judging at the competition all weekend. This was Naomi’s first time judging at such a high-profile British competition.

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