gymnasts return from Germany laden with medals
group of gymnasts from Highbridge's Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics
Club have returned home this week after a successful visit to
Germany where they won a total of 48 medals!
33 youngsters competed in a three-day international competition
in the city of Mainz against gymnasts from across Europe including
Germany, Russia, Scotland, Ireland, Italy and Denmark.
Monarchs certainly put Highbridge on the sporting map, winning
an outstanding line-up of individual medals.
of the families travelled in convoy through the Netherlands, Belgium,
France and Germany, whilst other parents went by air.
The gymnasts had trained up to 12 hours a week in preparation
for the competition and all the training and dedication of the
coaches, Tony Merrett, Mandy Warburton, Naomi Shepherd, Chloe
Sadiq certainly paid off.
are all brilliant, as well as being so talented and were a lovely
group of kids to take away - all of the gymnasts make us so proud,"
said Sue Merrett.
support for each other was outstanding, with the chorus of the
Monarch's cheers dominating the competition, as each of the gymnasts
performed their routines, winning medal after medal."
medals were won by Heather Reed, Emily Augar, Lucy Smith, Samuel
Cemm, Toby Baker, Katie Hoskins, Ellie Petrie, Gina Cumberlidge,
Jacob Baker x3, Charlie Dymond, Thomas Hicks x3, Alice Dymond
and Natasha Stockham x3.
medals were won by Jack Warburton, Jack Hunt, Mia Rowlands, Alice
Kelson, Freya Cooper, Chloe Hayes, Jessica Reed x2, Katie Hoskins
and Ellie Petrie.
winners were Olivia Augar, Eleanor Cater, Olivia Reed x2, Shannon
House, Eloise Baker and Shauna Cross x2.
added: "Special thanks to Naomi Shepherd and Chloe Sadiq,
both coaches at the club, who were also judges in the competition;
Julie Baker and team for helping with the organisation; Jo Hodder
for all the beautiful leotards; John Smith for the photographs
and all the families for their support."
from all the families and their gymnasts, an enormous thank you
to Tony and Mandy for all the time and commitment they have dedicated
to the gymnasts, resulting in the talented club Monarchs has become!"
Dymond, Casey House and Sophie McGrath qualified for the finals
on Sunday, qualifying within the top eight partnerships, after
performing two beautiful routines.
Womens Pairs Age group 8-16 proved to be very competitive with
fifteen partnerships competing. Hollie Grainger, Aaliyah Chan
and Rosie Hodder, Grace Huggins competed to a very high standard.
Hoskins and Ellie Petrie were awarded a trophy for achieving the
highest score in their category for their balance routine, scoring
a fantastic score.
special mention goes to Shannon House, who has been training with
the club since she was four years old. This was her last competition
with the club and she achieved a Bronze Medal in both of her routines.
The Monarchs wish Shannon all the best at University next year,
also were expressed to SDS Southwest Digital Systems Ltd, who
sponsored the club with training T-shirts, ensuring the team were
instantly recognisable on the competition floor whilst warming
up their routines, as were their coaches. The shirts were printed
locally at Jester Prints in Highbridge."
many of the gymnasts it was their first time competing abroad
and, after the success of such an amazing weekend, they are now
enthusiastically training for their next competition.