Published: April 21, 2012
Young gymnasts from across Burnham area win haul of 34 medals

Young gymnasts from Burnham-On-Sea's Monarchs Club have been celebrating success after competing in the South West Schools Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.

Almost the entire club took part in the event and returned with 34 medals between them, as pictured here.

The championships are an annual competition and a qualifier for the National Schools Finals held in Stoke-On-Trent next month.

In this competition, the gymnasts represented their school rather than Monarchs and new partnerships had to be quickly formed.

Highbridge's King Alfred School did well. In the Girls under 13 pairs, Jasmine Bassett and Katie Hoskins came first, getting Gold, and have qualified for the National Finals where they will represent the South West Region on the 12th and 13th May.

In the boys over 13 pairs, Sean and Connor McKenna came 3rd, taking the Bronze medal. In the mixed over 13 pairs, Sean McKenna and Emily Woolley came third, taking the Bronze and Connor McKenna and Katie Hoskins came fifth in the mixed under 13 pairs, Jacob Baker and Jazmine Bassett came second, taking the Silver. In the under 13 groups (also referred to as a 'school 6') Jazmine Bassett, Katie Hoskins, Leonie Warburton, Eloise Baker, Emmy Dymond and Olivia Augar came second, getting the Silver in what was a vibrant and accurate routine. This school 6 are also now off to the National Finals.

Hugh Sexey Middle School should be very pleased with their gymnasts’ performance. Ellie Cater competed in a number of different classes, having only just returned from competing at the British Tournament last week-end. She competed as an individual tumbler, where she came a brilliant fourth and narrowly missed out on a medal in a very large class of over 25.

In the under 13 girls’ pairs with Alice Kelson the girls got Bronze. In the mixed under 13 pair with Joseph Blake, they achieved Bronze and in the under 13 group with Maddie Richardson, Alice Kelson, Casey House, Mulberry Watkins and Joseph Blake the group also received Bronze.

Casey House and Mulberry Watkins came ninth in the girls under 13 pairs, having picked up 1.5 penalty points which deprived them of fifth place. This is the girls' last year competing at ‘Schools’ for Hugh Sexeys where they have competed together in every schools competition entered by them.


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