Training pays off for local gymnasts

GYMNASTICS - WESTON Aerobic Gymnastics elite squad spent three days last weekend at the Heathrow international championships in Bracknell and proved that the hard training through the summer has paid off.

GYMNASTICS - WESTON Aerobic Gymnastics elite squad spent three days last weekend at the Heathrow international championships in Bracknell and proved that the hard training through the summer has paid off.

With some gymnastic giants such as Hungary and Spain in attendance, the international level gymnasts were going to have to perform faultless routines for medals. Kirsty Harvey and Charlotte White got the 15-17 gold medal. Also on the international medal podium was 12-year-old Matt Saunders, who had to settle for bronze with silver and gold going to Hungary, although many judges commented on his new routine showing much potential for the future

Ruby Youds and Amelia Barrett in the 10-11 pairs competed with a clean routine to win the gold medal.

At national level, 9-year-old Rhys Williams and Keira Langden are still on top form and won gold, followed by 10-11-year-old trios Amelia Barrett, Emily Antoine, Jaime Ward, who won silver, with the gold going to a Welsh trio.


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Twelve-14 year trios Kat Forster, Jade Hunt, Olivia Barrett also won silver, with female individual Nicole Smith winning bronze and then pairing up with Rosie Hitchins to win the pairs and get the gold medal.

Several new gymnasts competed in the RAC category and the club was thrilled to see how well they coped with the pressure and excitement of a big championship, and all of them won gold medals, proving how hard they have worked all year. Nine-year-old trio Lara Hunt, Katy Day, Katy Tossell; 10-11- year-old pairs Bethany Kemmish and Issy Worrall; 10-11-year-old female individual Ella Milford, who then joined the trio with Cara Short, Bethan Duck in the12-14-year-old section.

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Special mention for the international six team, Jess Taylor, Ellen Owen, Lucy Bladon, Georgina Hannam and Issy Jeffery who due to illness lost their sixth team member at the last moment, until Matt Saunders stepped in with three hours training, and the team pulled off a credible performance to come fourth.

The club specialises in ensuring that children of all ages and abilities are able to enjoy gymnastics and has started a Monday lunchtime session for children from age three. For details phone Debbie Saunders 07779 802110.

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