Published: August 15, 2010
More medal victories for Highbridge's Monarchs gymnasts

Dedicated training has again paid off for members of Monarch's Acrobatic Gymnasts Club in Highbridge with further success.

Sixteen clubs recently entered The South West Acrobatic Championships 2010 in Taunton and the Monarchs team scooped medals in several categories.

The club's men's four - Sean and Conor McKenna, Jacob Baker and Joseph Blake - gained gold medals and also continued to develop both their tempo and balance routines at each competition.

Men's pair Sean McKenna and Joseph Blake gained a well-deserved silver medal, having progressed to Grade 3.

All Monarch's gymnasts in the Women's junior category qualified for the finals. Lily Lawson, Nicole McCardle and Nicole Coogan gained overall bronze medals and Chloe Sadiq, Emily Shortland and Mia Rowlands took overall silver medals after training for only a short while together.

Lauren Jarrett, Chystal Hale and Ellie Cator just missed out on the Bronze Medal in the 11-16 Women's Group category, where all competed at a very high standard. Holly Grainger and Conor McKenna demonstrated a clean routine in their Mixed Pair category and came fourth out of eight overall.
Tallulah Harris and Holly Grainger competed against 30 other partnerships and gained a well-deserved 13th place.

The South West Championships 2010 saw the 'retirement' of Ashley Payne, a long-standing member of Monarchs Club after 11 years of commitment and training.

Ashley and his partner Katie Hoskins concluded their partnership by becoming Junior Mixed Pairs Champions, gaining well deserved Gold Medals after qualifying for the finals and completing their best combined routine to date.

Training continues over the next four months in preparation for the British Acrobatic Tournament in November.


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