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A vault-less display as kids make finals

PUBLISHED: 11:44 12 February 2009 | UPDATED: 12:40 11 August 2010

GYMNASTS from Robert Clack and Grafton Junior schools impressed at The Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton during the London Regional Finals of the British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) floor and vault competition. There were nine categories in

GYMNASTS from Robert Clack and Grafton Junior schools impressed at The Lady Eleanor Holles School in Hampton during the London Regional Finals of the British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) floor and vault competition.

There were nine categories in the competition, three for primary schools and six for secondary schools, and after some top displays, Grafton won one out of the two events they entered and Robert Clack exceeded expectations by winning all four of their categories.

Represent

The results mean five teams will travel together to Stoke in May to represent London in the BSGA National Finals.

This was the first year that Grafton had entered the competition and the standard was very high, yet the Grafton gymnasts had only been training seriously since last June so their success was quite unexpected.

For the Robert Clack gymnasts, it was business as usual as they have entered the competition many times, but the feedback from the judges and other coaches was that the gymnasts' progress is improving year on year.

The gymnasts were prepared and looked after on the day by coaches from Catleaps Gymnastics Club and of the 37 children performing, 30 of them attend the club which runs at William Ford School and Jo Richardson School.

Catleaps coach Alex Wood was kept busy on the day and after coaching her squad of younger Grafton gymnasts, she rejoined her Robert Clack team-mates as a competitor to take the gold in the afternoon.

Coaches Joe Mowles, Charlotte Smitheram and Penny Deane were all delighted with the performance of all their gymnasts on the day.

Smitheram said: "The gymnasts have all put the hours in during training so we knew they could win if they performed on the day.

"I was delighted with the effort put in as they did the job we asked and raised their levels of performance and concentration to dominate the event."

Grafton School gold medal under-11 mixed team included Namwila Mulwanda, Shermar Marshelleck, Joshua Burnell, Beth Johnson and Kira Taiwo.

Their fourth placed under-11 mixed team included Sade Walters, Amy Dalton, Lily Saunders, Lucy Tarbard, Sam Aitken, Joshua Pierre and the under-11 girls' team included Georgie Green, Charley Power, Chloe White, Livvy Tyers, Jasmine Richards and Millie Muir.

Robert Clack's teams, who all won gold, included the under-13 boys' team of Daniel Cole, Trust Zinyengere, Jack Kingston Richards and Shaun Fairburn, the under-13 mixed team containing Chloe Scott, Kelly Wood, Tara Reed, Bradley Johnson and Ross Torr, the under-19 boys' team of Lee Howard, Arif Hossain, Danny Fox and Warren Holmes and the under-19 mixed team of Alex Wood, Mollie Driver, Liah Sabin, Toni Jones, Hayley Johnson, Reece Carruthers and Jack Fox.


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