The U9 and and U11 teams travelled to Stamford School in Lincolnshire to compete in the ISGA 2 piece championships. There was double the pressure as our teams had to finish in the top ten to enable them to qualify for the 2019 ISGA 5 piece championships. (Our U10 team is already qualified as they finished in the top six at ISGA 2018). There are only sixteen places in each age group for teams from throughout the UK, Belgium and The Netherlands. For the U9’s, Leila El-Mokadem, Layla Hassan, Carolina Brescia, Betsy George, Naomi Brun and Tallulah Copper it was a real test of strength of character as it was their first national competition as well as being a long way away from home. However, the coaches confidence was rewarded with a fabulous set of results. The U11 team, Miya Hargate, Holly Hughes, Abigail South, Cecily Sesodia and Bea Mills won team bronze. Miya, Holly and Cecily individually all finished in top ten which was a great achievement. The U9 team were on fire with not a single significant mistake. Their consistent performances on set floor and voluntary vault moved them into silver medal position. Our national competitions are all about team results and we do not expect individual awards. However, the icing on the cake were Carolina making the 6th place medal position and Betsy George being crowned the U9 Individual 2 Piece Champion. An altogether splendid day and the gymnasts were a credit to their school. Thanks to the parents who came to support, our next competition is much closer to home!
Vikki Cook, Geoff Turner and Sarah Kemp