Young gymnasts from Burnham-On-Sea and Highbridge are celebrating success after winning a haul of medals at a regional tournament.

Members of Monarchs Acrobatic Gymnastics Club have taken part in the Annual South West Championships, held in Yate.

The club’s Mandy Warburton told “This was a tough competition for the club this year. The competition has moved from July to October and we therefore lost a number of our senior gymnasts who have gone on to University and further education, resulting in a huge change to partnerships.”

“However, the gymnasts always amaze the coaches and put on quite a show. Senior Pair Joe and Kian wowed the audience and judges with their amazing balance routine and new trio Ornela, Jess and Evie brought the house down with a very fast routine choreographed to Tina Turner’s Proud Mary.”

“We also had the largest number of very young gymnasts ready to compete, some of them only six years old who were sensational and walked away with many medals.”

The senior results were: Joe Blake and Kian Hawkes in the 12-18 age group – Silver medals; Ornela Velaj, Jess Reed and Evie Tissington – 11-16 age group – Silver medals; Joe Reed, Toby Baker, Jack Warburton and Mason Wall – 11-16 age group – Silver medals; Gina Cumberlidge, Evie Skinner and Erin Morgan Level 5 – bronze medals.

The junior results were: Finley Keedwell and Holly Phillips – gold medals; Ernie Fields and Tay Meager – gold medals; Faith Hands, Connie Skinner and Hope Ephithite – silver medals; Louie Reed and Maggie Rice – silver medals; Jasmine Neilson and Doris Fields – silver medals; Sophie Bowden and Eve Dickinson – silver medals; Elijah Keedwell and Amelia Wainwright – bronze medals; Rosie Boxer and Marcie Smith – bronze medals; Lucie Davies and Molly Gough – bronze medals; Emily Taylor and Isabelle Boxer – bronze medals.

The club is expanding the classes that it offers, to include an adult gymnastics/fitness group, as well as toddler and pre-school group. All of the sessions can be found at

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