gymnasts strike gold at national tournament
of Burnham-On-Sea's Monarch's Gymnastics Club have this week struck
gold at the British Acrobatic and Tumbling Open Tournament in
Gymnasts Sean McKenna, Connor McKenna, Jacob Baker and Joseph
Blake (pictured) returned to the town proudly holding their gold
qualifying for the finals with a combined total score of 51.4,
they gained a fantastic 26.9 points for their final balance routine,
complemented by a high artistry score.
boys are growing from strength to strength and this time next
year will be performing at junior level where the demands for
their acrobatic ability will be at a very high level.
Over 101 partnerships consisting of Pairs, Mixed Pairs, Men's
Groups and Women's Trios, all of different age groups and abilities,
competed against each other within their categories during two
full days of competition.
total of 39 clubs from all over England, Scotland and Wales and
international clubs from the USA and Canada took part in the weekend
as they competed and performed to a sold-out audience.
Women's trio Sophie McArdle, Emily Shortland and Katie Hoskins
(pictured right) also competed in the junior category, running
in seventh place out of 16 after a confident balance routine looking
to qualify for the finals on Sunday.
due to a fall at the end of their tempo routine, they did not
manage to qualify and gained 49.65 points overall.
Recently-formed women's trio Crystal Hale, Ellie Cater and Mulberry
Watkins, also competed at Junior Level. It was Mulberry's first
time at Fenton Manor where the British Competitions are held.
girls performed two excellent routines in Balance and Tempo, gaining
an overall mark of 49 points however, due to the Junior category
being of a very high standard, they were unable to qualify for
The competition was filmed live by BGTV found on the British Gymnastics
site online, where all the routines and coverage for the day were
available to a global audience.
Top, Sean McKenna, Connor McKenna, Jacob Baker and Joseph Blake
won gold, and, above, Sophie McArdle, Emily Shortland and Katie
Hoskins in action (Photos: Submitted by club)