Slovakian trip proves a success for Weston gymnasts

PUBLISHED: 09:30 28 April 2017 | UPDATED: 09:30 28 April 2017

Weston Gymnastics Club.

Weston Gymnastics Club.


Gymnasts travel to Slovakia

A team of 16 gymnasts from seven to 18-years-old travelled to Nove Zamky, Slovakia, on led by Debbie Saunders, head coach at Weston Aerobic Gymnastics Club.

This year the Slovak Open Championships was bigger than ever before. There were entries from the best gymnastic nations in the world - Hungary, Romania and Turkey, while Weston’s team which included seven GB national squad gymnasts were outstanding.

The competition started with the youngest gymnasts. Here Weston had 3three entries - Lily-Jean Smith (7), Jasmine Dight (10) and Seren Jones (10). It was the debut international performance for both LJ and Jas, with Seren placed the highest with an energetic routine to finish seventh out of 82.

Moving onto Saturday it was qualifications round. Weston again had three gymnasts in the age group one category - Lauren Porter (14), Nancy Law (11) and Lola Lawrence (11).

Lauren gave a stunning performance to achieve a personal best score. It was Nancy’s first competition in a new age category and despite an error, she showed huge potential.

Lola stole the show for Weston in this category qualifying in fifth place, with a routine to Frozen, which stunned the judges and was a real crowd pleaser.

Lewis Harvey (12) also qualified in his category with a strong performance. He then joined his partner Willow Neal (12) to compete as a pair. They delivered a lovely routine to score well.

Lola joined her teammates Bella Styles (13) and Molly Brown (12) to compete as a trio and they excelled in the category with their Maleficient routine. They qualified in third place with a slight error.

In age group two, Weston had Lara Hunt (17) and Xena Hewitt (14). Both Lara and Xena gave excellent performances to gain good international scores.

In the senior category, Maddie Reynolds (17) and Izzy Worrell (18) competed in a tough field and both gave credible performances, but it was Izzy who qualified for the final.

The finals day was very exciting. Lola was first up and was focused and determined to get a medal. After delivering a strong, fluent and beautiful routine Lola did just that, finishing with a bronze, just 0.5 behind first place.

Lewis stepped up next and gave another secure performance. Moving into the senior category, Izzy increased her score with a flawless routine to finish eighth.

Rhys Williams (17) performed in age group two. Rhys made some technical errors, but his artistic was strong and finished in silver medal position.

Rhys teamed up with Isidora Vucicevic to compete as a pair and they stormed their category with a convincing win. Finally, the trio of Lola, Molly and Bella gave the performance of the weekend.

All three gymnasts gave 100 per cent and rectified the mistake made in qualifications to get a personal best score and a silver medal.

The gymnasts now join the rest of Weston’s 50-strong competitive squad to compete this weekend at the Cardiff Championships.

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