gymnasts travel to Portugal for international competition
acrobatic gymnasts from Highbridge's Monarchs Club have just returned
from a successful six-day visit to Portugal where they competed
in an international competition against gymnasts from 14 countries
around the world.
total of 579 gymnasts took part in the Maia International Acro
Cup Competition, which provided a weekend of energetic and exciting
and friends were able to watch the gymnasts from the Burnham-On-Sea
and Highbridge area via live coverage on the internet.
an added bonus, the Maia FIG World Cup was also being held there
with world class acrobatics being executed from some of the world's
best gymnasts, providing a unique opportunity for the Monarchs
to mix with international clubs competing at a very high level
- an experience that the team will never forget.
Hoskins and Grace Huggins competed in the beginners section. This
was Graces first international competition and they completed
all their moves in a new routine, conquering pre-competition nerves,
and achieving an overall score of 24.700. Gracies mum Susie
say it was a very emotional time for both gymnasts and parents.
Woolley, Alice Kelson and Shauna Cross competed in the Womens
Youth Group. This was Shauna and Alices first International.
Shaunas mum, Tracey, said: "As a first-time mum visiting
an overseas competition, I was very impressed with the organisation.
The girls were nervous for their tempo routine and delivered a
beautiful balance routine. I was rather impressed with the high
standard in every category."
Youth Pair, Alice Dymond and Natasha Stockham, achieved an amazing
11th place with their balance routine, scoring their highest-ever
score of 25.8 followed by their tempo routine on the Saturday
where their smiles shone, gaining them 15th place overall, just
missing out by 0.15 points to qualify for the Finals on Sunday.
This was a fantastic achievement for their first international
competition. Natasha's mum, Sam, felt both routines were beautifully
executed and she thoroughly enjoyed watching all the gymnasts
compete. The girls compete again at The British Acrobatic Competition
later in the month.
Monarchs' famous mens four, becoming well known at the Portugal
competition, Joseph Blake, Jacob Baker, and brothers Sean Mckenna
and Conor Mckenna, took the bronze medal in their category. All
three routines had been changed for the competition and Monarchs
Coach Naomi Shepherd was delighted with their performances. All
the moves held were completed to a very high standard. Jacobs
mum, Julie, was impressed every time with the strength and stamina
involved. "I am so proud to watch my son compete at an international
level and felt privileged to watch the World Cup," she said.
Brian, Josephs father, added: "They are all winners
in my eyes! You certainly feel the nerves and pressure of what's
involved for the gymnasts who compete at such a high level."
junior level womens trio Ellie Cater, Sophie McArdle and Crystal
Hale - who competed in their last international competition as
a trio - maintained 7th place overall after executing both routines
with confidence in a very competitive group. "The girls did
fantastically well, it was such a shame they missed the finals
by one place," said Crystals father Clive.
Coach Mandy Warburton told Burnham-On-Sea.com: "All the gymnasts
did fantastically well and all the coaches are very proud of them
all. It was such a good experience."
"The Monarchs Gymnasts and Parents would like to thank Head
Coach Tony Merrett and coaches Mandy Warburton, Naomi Shepherd
and Donna Cater for organising and supervising such a fabulous
Members of Highbridge's Monarchs Gymnastics Club performing their
routines in Portugal at the weekend. All photos contributed by