Published: March 8, 2013
Highbridge gymnasts celebrate medal wins at south west event

Members of Highbridge's Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club are celebrating this week after winning two gold medals, one silver and two bronzes at the South West Acrobatics Gymnastics Prelims.

The event, held in Taunton, saw the Monarchs competing against 15 other clubs from across the south west region to try and to gain first place in each category and represent the region at the National Finals in Stoke-on-Trent in May.

Two new partnerships in the Grade 1 Women's Pairs, Elloise Darby and Gina Cumberlidge, Casey House and Karen Lee, competed in a very large category this year and performed two superb routines.

Leonie Warburton, Olivia Augar and Victoria Prior achieved a fantastic sixth place in the Grade 1 Womens Groups after performing a very confident routine.

Grade 2 Womens Pairs, Katie Hoskins and Gracie Huggins, executed a very artistic routine to claim the gold medal in their category. They will be competing at the Regional Finals in May, representing the South West. They will also be competing in Portugal next week.

The routine of Grade 2 Womens Group, Emmy Dymond, Tallulah Harris and Sophie McGrath, was rated at a very high difficulty and they gained 12th position in a very large category.

Grade 2 Mens Pairs, Charlie Dymond and Thomas Hicks, demonstrated a very fluent routine, performed with confidence, and they claimed the Gold Medal. Unfortunately, due to being out of age, they will not be able to compete in the Finals in Stoke.

The Grade 2 Womens Group was represented by new partnership Mia Rowlands, Maddie Rose and Riannon Love who won the Bronze Medal with a superb performance. It was Riannon's first competition and yet her coach Chloe Sadiq said: "She took it all in her stride!"

Grade 3 Womens Pairs proved to be a very competitive grouping between Gold and Silver positions, with Monarchs Jazmine Bassett and Ellie Petrie holding onto the Silver Medal position through two very confident routines. They will also be competing at the British Competition in Stoke later this year.

After a very traumatic training period the Grade 3 Womens Group Monarchs trio of Emily Woolley, Alice Kelson and Shauna Cross successfully completed their routines, after Shauna recently recovered from breaking her arm, they gained 8th position which has boosted their confidence ready to compete in Portugal next week.

Shannon House, Eloise Baker and Holly Grainger just missed out on the Bronze Medal achieving 4th place in their first competition together. Despite being worried about their balance, they performed two beautiful routines.

Alice Dymond and Natasha Stockham, now competing at Grade 4 level won a fabulous Bronze Medal. Due to a technical error, their music stopped and both girls continued their routine without a fault. The girls will also be competing in Portugal next week.

"The event was very exciting and enjoyable and all the members of the Club who competed did exceptionally well. We are all proud of their achievements," said Lindsey Sylvester, club parent.


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