Record turn out for 40th championships

By Mark Elson in Gymnastics

THE 40th annual

Forest of Dean Gymnastics Club championships saw a record 152 competitors.

The event has been held annually since it was founded except for 1995, when the club moved into its current Five Acres base in 1995.

Boys and girls aged six to 15, ranging from novice to elite, competed with many making their competition debut.

Six-year-old Tippi Dinsdale set the ball rolling by winning the under six Novice 1 class, closely followed by Matilda Byron-Daniel in silver, with Eden Rawling and Mya Clarke tied for bronze.

In the age seven boys’ category, Ethan Duberley took Novice 1 gold with Zachary Pegler and Archie Weyman in second and third.

Top scoring Novice 1 gymnast was nine-year-old Mya Woodward, one of the newest members of the club, who scored 20.1 to narrowly beat Emily Stoddard and Olive Dunton.

In the under seven girls’ category, Isla Collins took gold ahead of Blake-Lea Brace in silver and Hattie Morris in bronze.

There was a joint gold for Xanthe Davidson and Poppy Pobert who each scored 19.8 in the Novice 2 seven to eight class, with Evie Marshall in bronze.

Other Novice 2 gold medals went to Cerys Price, Martha Day, Paige Kenworthy, Leilah Morgan and Simon Kather.

At Novice 3 level, Amelia Powell won gold in the U10 class, Ebony Baldwin triumphed at age 11 and Imogen Seal was champion in the intermediate section.

In the Novice 2 four-piece apparatus competition, Anastasia Shaporto won bars and vault which helped her to the overall gold.

Molly Hughes won the floor jointly with Ellie Mae Blewitt and silver overall, while Ella Robinson won bar and beam. Lily Bridges won the overall bronze.

The Novice 3 four-piece was just as keenly fought with wins on vault and beam and overall gold for Florence Eaton.

Isobel Thornton won floor and vault and silver overall. Bronze medallist Tilly Davies-Lewis won vault jointly with Florence and Isobel, and Eloise Smith while Eden Addis won the asymmetric bars.

It was good to see the older, intermediate girls competing on floor, vault and beam. Freya Phelps took gold, Millie Eaton silver and Isobelle Moger bronze, while Charlie Storr won beam.

The more experienced club gymnasts competed in the Level 5 and 4 categories. Amelia Seal resoundingly won Level 5 with wins on floor, vault and bars.

Anastasia Hughes came second, and Lily Goodway who also won beam came third.

Charlotte Cottrell and Violet Williams won two apparatus each at Level 4, with Charlotte just edging ahead to win overall gold, while Emily Holmes came third.

The next generation of talented boys impressed on floor, vault, parallel bars and rings.

Alex Cook took gold overall and the floor with 43.4 just 0.1 ahead of Henry Lafford who won the vault and parallel bars.

Final group of the day, the senior boys’ six-piece saw Finley Smith take the gold on all apparatus

just ahead of Sam Per-

kins who, unfortunately, couldn’t compete on floor due to an ankle injury.

The annual junior progress awards were presented to Alex Whittington and Lily Bridges with the senior trophies going to Ella Newland and William Bees.

A special award of ‘Gymnast of the Year’ was presented to nine-year-old Isobel Thornton.

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