Welsh victories for young gymnasts

By Mark Elson in Gymnastics

YOUNGSTERS from Kestrel Gymnastics in Chepstow and Wye Gymnastics Club in Portskewett are celebrating their success after competing in Welsh events over the last two weekends.

The competitive tumbling squad from Wye Gymnastics travelled to Pencoed for their first event in the 2017 competition season last weekend.

Coach Leanne Evans said: “We were very happy with the results, especially from the little ones, some of whom have never competed before.

“The youngest gymnasts, aged six to eight years, made up two teams competing in a large field of over 30 and tumbled exceptionally well. Ruby Pratlett finished in third place, Eva Meddins in fourth, Riley Fitzgerald in fifth and the team took the gold medal and finished in first position overall.

“George Lee took first place, Lois Child came third and Ruby Jarvis finished in fifth place for the regional team in this age group and again the team came away with the first place title.

“The springers, aged between nine and 11 years, were next to take the tumble track. Violet Stones took the first place title, Kelsey Howells finished third and the team, also including Teah Johnson and Hollie Millinship took second place.

“The second team of Caitlin Shaw, Rosie James and Jacob Lee were kept out of the team medal positions by a margin but Jacob finished the event in fourth place in the individual section.  

“Maddy Jones and Emily Howells were fourth and fifth respectively, and Heather Dent finished a credible 16th in a very large field in the highest level competition.”

Kestrel Flyers were amongst the winners at the Welsh Trampoline Gradings in Cardiff on February 26. 

A spokesperson for the group said: “Eight-year-old Sophie French took the champion trophy in regional level one, an excellent performance in her first competition, with Lowri Christie in silver position. 

“In the 11 to 12 age group, Imogen Hepworth won silver.

“Lilly Miles also took silver in the 13 plus age group, and Jade Voisin performed very well in her first competition and was placed fourth. 

“Gemma Heal was champion in the national development programme three 11-12 years section, with Lauren Heal taking silver in the 13 plus age group. 

“Gemma and Lauren will now go on to their next competition hoping to qualify for a place in the British Championships.”

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