March 1, 2011
Medal after medal won by celebrating Highbridge gymnasts!
at Highbridge's Monarchs Gymnasts Club enjoyed a weekend of success
as they competed in the South West Preliminaries Acrobatics Competition
Over 20 clubs from across the South West came together to compete
for medals and the Highbridge youngsters proudly claimed three
golds, two silvers and one bronze medal.
The men's four - comprising Sean McKenna, Conor McKenna, Jacob
Baker and Joseph Blake - struck gold in Grade 3.
Sean McKenna and Joseph Blake also claimed gold in Grade 3 Men's
Pairs after performing two solid routines with almost maximum
Sophie McCardle and Sian Coogan claimed their well-deserved first
gold medal for their partnership in Grade 4 Women's Pairs after
many hours of hard training.
Jacob Baker and Joe Reed also complimented each other in their
routine and celebrated a silver in the Grade 1 Men's Pairs.
Emily Shortland and Jazmine Bassett proudly received silver in
Grade 3 Women's Pairs after working within the partnership for
only a few weeks, and Chloe
Sadiq, Emily Shortland and Emily Woolley won a well-earned bronze
for two well executed routines.
Poppy Broom, Shannon House and Mia Rowlands performed their routines
fluently, with high difficulty and gained fifth place overall.
All the gold medal winners from the competition will be forming
the South West team to represent our area at the finals in Stoke-on-Trent
Monarchs Head Coach and Club Manager Tony Merrett told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"It was a great weekend for the club, and it's all down to
the hard work of the gymnasts, coaches, helpers and not forgetting
the support of the parents."
For some of the gymnasts this was their first competition, training
between 11 and 18 hours a week, building up strength and flexibility,
enhancing their confidence to compete in front of hundreds of
This is the first of many competitions this year. Fourteen of
the Elite Gymnasts compete in Maia Portugal this weekend representing