strike gold in successful visit to Swiss championships
were medals all round for six elite gymnasts from Highbridge's
Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club when they competed in Switzerland
party of six senior Monarchs gymnasts - Sean McKenna, Joe Blake,
Alice Dymond, Natasha Stockham, Katie Hoskins and Ellie Petrie
- were invited to compete in the Swiss Open Championships which
also were the trials for the European Olympics.
and Ellie finished in first place in both their routines which
led them to win a well-deserved gold medal with an overall score
of 52.550, beating the second place winners by 5.05 marks. Katie
and Ellie came eighth recently in the British Championships.
and Tash also came first in both of their routines. The duo won
the gold medal with an overall score of 50.400, winning by a massive
ten whole marks overall. Alice and Tash just missed the gold medal
in the British Championships, coming home with silver medals.
An impressive performance by Sean and Joe also saw them come away
with gold medals as well, which served as an excellent warm-up
for the boys for the British NDP Finals.
team were presented with a magnificent trophy after their success
and enjoyed meeting the Japanese team that evening, even with
the language barrier, which Amanda Hoskins said 'doesn't seem
to be a problem in sport'.
added: "Monarchs will certainly be making a return visit
and would definitely advocate everyone taking a trip to Geneva,
just for the Swiss hospitality. Everyone has come back ecstatic
with lots of stories and memories."
compiled by Lauren Brooks