Oh brother, Ashton and Warren shine!
PUBLISHED: 12:30 15 May 2008 | UPDATED: 12:44 11 August 2010
THIRTY pupils from Robert Clack School achieved some impressive results at the recent British Schools Gymnastics Association National Finals in Stoke. In order to qualify for this event the gymnasts had to win their London Regional heats and competed in
THIRTY pupils from Robert Clack School achieved some impressive results at the recent British Schools' Gymnastics Association National Finals in Stoke.
In order to qualify for this event the gymnasts had to win their London Regional heats and competed in three age groups, under-19 boys, under-19 mixed and under-13 mixed.
The first to open Robert Clack's campain was defending British champions, brothers Ashton and Warren Russell, and after a tense two-and-a-half minutes which saw them ease through their balance routines, the boys won gold medals and remain British under-19 boys' pairs for another year.
Warren had to quickly change his style in order to perform a new routine with Casey Barnard, choreographed by Joe Mowles, an ex-Robert Clack pupil, but Warren adapted well to Casey's more classical style of dance and both performed beautifully, ending the day in a creditable fifth place.
In the under-13 mixed pairs event, Robyn Barnard was left to change her partner at the 11th hour and Ross Torr stepped in as replacement, before the pair, in year seven, performed some sublime gymnastics.
The following day, three teams performed simultaneously in the morning with one extra team in the afternoon session and although no more medals were won all Robert Clack's teams showed considerable promise for next year.
Highlights of the day included Alex Wood, 15, scoring the highest individual floor and second place overall at under-19 mixed level, Daisy Pritchard, 11, scoring the highest individual floor score and gold all around at under-13 mixed level and Ross Torr, 11, scoring the second highest individual vault score and second place overall at under-13 mixed level.
The under-19 boys' team performed remarkably well following disappointment at last month's British final when team-mate Alex Turner broke his wrist during the team's performance.
Others who impressed were Courtney Willson, Tia Simmonds, Mollie Driver, Aldair Doci (under-13 mixed), Casey Barnard, Amanda Ngonyama, Toni Jones, Hayley Johnson, Alex Wood, Warren Holmes, Guy Cooper (under-19 mixed), Joshua Aderoyeje, Ashton Russell, Stephen Holmes, Leon Fagan, Tomi Elusanmi, Danny Fox (under-19 boys), Reece Carruthers, Daniel Cole, Jack Fox and Trust Zinyengere (under-13 boys).
Many of the gymnasts will now go on to represent Barking & Dagenham in the London Youth Games next month.
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