December 14, 2017

GYMNASTICS: Swindon gymnasts make the grade in Trowbridge

Swindon School of Gymnastics were successfully represented by 15 girls at County Grading in Trowbridge last month.

There were four categories of grade four, three, two and pre-level with the girls having to perform set moves/routines and gain a minimum of 42 marks to pass the grade.

A total of 44 marks would see them given a highly commended and if they gained more than an impressive total of 46 marks they were awarded a distinction.

There were 19 entrants from three clubs for grade four and all 10 of the Swindon gymnasts passed to the delight of coach Maddie Foster.

All of Swindon’s competitors gained the highly commended announcement and an impressive nine achieved the distinction status.

Molly Smithson was first on the vault, with Bella Giles and Daisy Law tied for best score on the bars.

Phoebe Knott was the best on the balance beam and Smithson also took top spot for her clean floor sequence, securing her the overall grade four gold medal.

Giles took the silver and a clean sweep was completed as bronze was given to Law.

There were nine entrants from the Swindon School of Gymnastics for grade two, and the same as the Trowbridge and Dorset opposition.

Hettie Truman’s bars and vault were the best whilst Kira Waite performed well on the vault and beam.

Both passed the grades with ease and were both given a distinction, taking home the silver and bronze overall medals respectively and doing coach Helen David proud.

Next up were Swindon’s grade three competitors Alicia Warwick and Manon Lauze.

Both passing with ease, Warwick achieved a distinction and was placed third overall whilst Lauze achieved a highly commended result.

Beth Colley closed the long day for the judges with the more complex moves in the pre-level grade.

She went clean and came grabbed the silver overall, completing a more than successful day for the club.

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