Trophies galore at Monarchs gym club

PUBLISHED: 09:04 19 June 2006 | UPDATED: 09:28 24 May 2010

MONARCHS Gymnastics Club have completed a continual round of competitions and displays since the beginning of the year with some excellent results

MONARCHS Gymnastics Club have completed a continual round of competitions and displays since the beginning of the year with some excellent results.They have again produced British champions in both the schools' finals and the national grade competitions with some superb performances.Head coach Tony Merrett has also had an exceptionally good start to the year. First, he was presented with a trophy by King Alfred Sports College for services to the community.Next he was elected as chairman for the South West Region Acrobatic Gymnastics Association and to top that he has just been awarded a certificate of merit by British Gymnastics and collected his award at the weekend in Birmingham.Tony has been invited by the chairman of Sports Acrobatics, Judy Wootton, who founded Monarchs Gymnastics Club approximately 20 years ago and lives in Mark, to accompany her to South Africa to coach coaches which will enable them to take part in future world championships.Tony is taking four of his gymnasts to demonstrate both pairs and trios and they will also take part in two competitions while they are there. They fly out to Johannesburg in August.The club has also been invited to compete in Germany in November and will be taking approximately 30 gymnasts, as well as a possible competition in Scotland in November.Then there is the British tournament in December, so there is hardly any time to breathe in between the next competition which will be the South West Regional championships in July.As well as competitions, the club now has an excellent display team of around 40, most of them internationals, ranging in age from eight to 20.Anyone interested in joining the club, which has gym tots sessions as well as classes for beginners from the age of three and a half years, please telephone 01278 793457 or take a look on the club's web site at www.monarchs.org.ukSouth West Regional Prelims, Gold: Chris Rogers and Gemma Lewis; Ashley Payne (tumbling); Matthew Short and Sean McKenna. Silver: Alena Richards, Becky Rolfe and Katrina Titcome; Chris Rogers (tumbling); Chris Collins and Lauren Jarrett; Ashley Payne and Ria Kelston; Joe Petch and Reuben. Bronze: Steph Barker, Abbey Edwards and Connor Phillips.British Championships, Gold: Chris Rogers (tumbling).Regional Schools Prelims, Gold: Kerry Harvey, Zoe Councell, Jordan Emmett, Abby McArdle, Steph Barker, Abbey Edwards; Ashley Payne (tumbling); Matt and Becky; Jessica Titcombe (tumbling).Silver:Lauren Jarrett and Sophie McArdle. Bronze:Lauren, Sophie, Clare Kingston, Monique Walcott, Naomi Pepworth, Bethan Brown; Alena and Becky.British Schools Championships, Gold: Matt and Becky; Chris Rogers and partner; Joe Petch and Sean McKenna. Silver: Chris Rogers (tumbling); Helen Whaley and Rachael Brown; Kerry Harvey, Zoe Councell, Jordan Emmett, Abby McArdle, Steph Barker, Abbey Edwards.World Age Group Games Trial, Bronze: Chris Rogers and Gemma Lewis; Matt and Sean.

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