Fantastic gymnastics

By Mark Elson in Gymnastics

YOUNG gymnasts from the Forest of Dean and Wye Valley are celebrating recent competition wins at a variety of different local and regional events.

Ten primary schools in and around the Forest entered a total of 198 pupils into the Forest of Dean Primary Schools Gymnastics Championships late last month.

Spokesperson Lynn Hammersley said: “Pupils competed in one of the four levels and the shield was presented to Ellwood Community Primary School who had the two highest scoring girls and two highest scoring boys competing in at least two of the levels.

“Hereford’s Madley Primary came second and Mitcheldean Endowed Primary School were in third place.

“Woodside, Gorsley Goffs, Huntley, Berry Hill, Coalway, St. Anthony’s and Little Dewchurch primary schools also took part with medals being shared between the schools.”

Some 23 gymnasts from Wye Gymnastics Club in Caldicot travelled to Cardiff to compete in the Acrobatic National Development Plan Championships. All gymnasts competed extremely well with eight of the nine partnerships finishing in the top 10.

The competition was a selection for the Inter Regional Championships, to be held in Southampton at the end of April.

Shannon Warnock, Amelia Jenkins, Heather Dent and Carys Dolbel have been selected to represent Wales at this event.

Gymnasts from four years old from Kestrel Gymnastics Club took part in club championships recently.

It was the first competition for the majority of the gymnasts, and they performed with great confidence in front of a large audience of proud parents and friends. 

Kestrel’s mini squad aged five to seven years, took part in the South East Wales Level One Preliminary Championships in Ebbw Vale recently. 

A Kestrel spokesperson said: “It was the first competition for the little gymnasts and they had been perfecting their two tumbles and two vaults during many weeks of training. 

The girls took two golds and won a team silver, coming fifth overall.

“The boys took two gold medals and two silvers and took overall team bronze. It was a good start to their competition year.”

•See this week’s Review for more photographs.

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