December 14, 2017

GYMNASTICS: Swindon are crowned the Best in the West

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Swindon School of Gymnastics over 13s squad have been crowned winners of the West Country League after the final round was held in Melksham.

Competing against teams from Bristol, Wales, Frome and Chippenham, Swindon’s side secured the title after finishing second in the final round of competition.

And coach Wendy Payne sung the praises of all of Swindon’s competitors following their fantastic success.

“These young ladies are a credit to the town,” she said.

“Not only do they work incredibly hard during their 10 hours of weekly training, but they also prioritise and manage their very important schooling and exams.

“Their next competition isn’t until April 2018 so we will be focusing on learning some new skills on each piece of apparatus.”

The eldest member of the team, Samantha Young (15), led them around the bars, beam, floor and then vault where the top four marks from the team of six counted.

Shannon White gained the highest mark for the team of 8.10 on the bars for her difficult routine.

Millie Swift got over nine marks for her beam despite one wobble but still completed her difficult trademark Ariel.

Sam Young was rewarded 10 marks for her floor routine and White did an outstanding Tsukahara Vault and was credited with the second highest score of the whole competition.

The team were delighted to be announced as silver medalists for the day’s competition before the travelling supporters were sent into raptures when the team were crowned the league champions.

Meanwhile, Swindon’s under 13 senior squad took to the arena in the afternoon once again coming up against a number of teams from across the west.

The team started on the balance beam and the early nerves showed as they all suffered falls, but Shannon Reynolds still managed over 10 marks and top spot.

However the team began to hit their stride on the floor with lots of new tumbles on show. Tegan Seed notched the highest score with 10.95.

They then took to the vaulting platform and all flew over impressively with Reynolds and Amelia Simpson completing a new skill for the very first time. Reynolds was again credited the highest score of 11.50.

Swindon finished the competition on the bars and all performed well with Seed just edging the scores.

The team finished in a creditable fifth place on the day and moved up to fourth in the overall league standings.

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