Published: May 13, 2013
Highbridge gymnasts in action at British Championships

A group of 11 gymnasts from Highbridge's Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club have competed at the British Championships in Stoke-on-Trent with more successes.

For many of the young gymnasts this was their first time competing at the prestigious event.

The weekend began with the 11-16 women's pairs, Jazmine Bassett and Ellie Petrie, performing two superb routines - the first being their balance routine which was executed well, followed later in the day by their dynamic routine.

The girls' mums said they were very proud to see them competing at such a high level at the championships.

Next in the same category were Alice Dymond and Natasha Stockham. It was their first time competing at the British Championships and they did exceptionally well and qualified for the finals the next day.

They managed to receive their personal best score for their final routine. The competition was very high and they were pleased at getting into the finals in their first time at the championships.

Both mums were very proud of the girls and said it had been a "fantastic experience" for them.

The Men's 4, competing in the 12-18 Men’s group, Connor and Sean McKenna, Jacob Baker and Joseph Blake, performed two very confident and difficult routines.

They gained a place in the finals, where they performed a combined routine of both balance and tempo. The boys were pleased to bring home the silver medal -0 making their parents very proud.

The Monarchs also had a women's trio competing in the 13-19 Women’s group - Sophie McArdle, Crystal Hale and Ellie Cater - who performed two perfect routines that also gained them a place in the finals.

They performed a combined routine and were placed a very respectable fourth place. Father Clive Hale said: "We are very proud of the girls - the championships is a competition for the 'Best of the Best' in British Acrobatics Gymnastics."

Pictured: The club's members in action at the British Championships in Stoke-on-Trent (photos submitted)

 


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