Superb competition for gymnasts

WESTON Aerobic Gymnastic Club has just returned home after their first championships of the year.

WESTON Aerobic Gymnastic Club has just returned home after their first championships of the year.

The winter has been spent training and preparing new routines and it certainly paid off, the 31-strong squad produced some superb routines and brought back a huge haul of medals.

Top score for the club were the international level pair, Matt Saunders and Abi Butterfield, who won their 12-14 mixed pairs with a dynamic routine.

Matt also brought great energy and power to the male individuals to win another gold at this age and level.

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Also winning the international level mixed pairs, but at age 10-11 were Rhys Williams and Keira Landen. Rhys also winning the male individual for his age group, but Keira was just pipped to a medal and had to be content with fourth place in a section of the competition full of British squad members and international medalists.

All these gymnasts will be representing the club at the Slovakian Open in April and it’s to be hoped they can repeat their success.

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The international level 12-14 six team, put in their best performance yet, but had to be content with the silver medal, although Ella Milford, Emily Antoine, Georgina Hannam, Jaime Ward, Amelia Barratt and Ruby Youds came close to the gold.

At national level, the club again produced great results, earning medals in every category entered.

New at this level, Isidora Vucicevic was in a large group of 10-11-years-olds, making her bronze medal all the sweeter. Jess Taylor also won the bronze medal in the 15-17-year-old class, with a precise and cleanly performed routine, and following in their footsteps, Kirsty Harvey had some tough competition, but rose to the occasion with a powerful routine to win the club another bronze.

The clubs six teams had equal success, both getting gold medals, Olivia Barratt, Lucy Clarke, Lucy Williams, Cally Bullock, Bethany Kemmish and Grace Maggs (age 12-14), started the competition year well, and the 15-17 year old six team, Jess Taylor, Jade Hunt, Katherine Forster, Rosie Hitchins, Dani Lintern and Cara Short produced a memorable routine to the music ‘handjive’.

The club had success at this level with all its trios, age 10-11, Lara Hunt, Katy Day and Katy Tossell sparkled their way to gold, followed by 12-14 trio Bethany Kemmish, Maddy Reynolds and Lily Jefferies. The 15-17 year old trio of Jade Hunt, Katherine Forster and Olivia Barratt were pipped at the post and had to settle with the silver.

The final trophy of the weekend was the prestigious Alex Strachen Cup which is presented for services to aerobic gymnastics, and long-standing club member Graeme Pow, was the well-deserved winner, for many years as a crucial and popular volunteer for the sport nationally.

Due to the massive success, the club has started a new mini gymnastics session for gymnasts aged three to six on Friday evenings and stay and play on Friday afternoons.

Any parents wanting their children to join this family orientated, but successful international club, please phone Debbie Saunders 07779 802110.

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