Swindon School of Gymnastics girls upset the odds recently with the club’s over 13s defeating the favourites in the second round of the West Country League held in Melksham.
Everyone associated with Swindon were ecstatic as the announcer said the club had beaten the favourites from Bristol, and by a considerable margin.
And coach Wendy Payne paid tribute to all of Swindon’s competitors across the three age groups.
“Not only are all of these young ladies a credit to Swindon but to Wiltshire as well,” she said.
“They certainly don’t look out of their depth competing at this high level.”
All of the club’s over 13 girls performed well, including Lauren Evans who coped admirably with a sore back.
Jessica Lomas’ powerful vault and floor gained her the second and third top scores whilst Shannon White had by far her best competition to date.
Not only did she fill her routines with difficulty, she performed them very tidily, getting the highest marks on the vault, beam and floor whilst coming second on the bars.
Had it been an individual competition, she would have won gold by almost three whole marks.
Millie Swift went clean and excelled in her floor routine and nailed her impressive free cartwheel on the four-inch wide beam as the team secured the gold medal.
The club’s under 11 junior squad competed against clubs from Wales and Dorset, performing well.
Millie White enjoyed her cleanest competition to date and came top of the group for her neat bar routine, but more satisfying for her, she stayed on the balance beam.
Amelia Simpson has improved her skills on all four pieces and was consistent throughout the competition whilst Leah Jowdie made her debut in the competition, showing fantastic potential.
Shannon Reynolds’ powerful vault earned her top spot along with the highest mark of the competition for her lovely floor routine.
Ellie Bell was carrying an injury so only competed on the balance beam and floor and did herself proud as the team finished in a very creditable fourth position.
The under 13 team were also competing against clubs from Dorset, securing an impressive second place.
Despite not feeling 100 percent fit, Daniella Reynolds fought through to do all pieces and she was delighted to stay on the beam.
Francesca Webster had one of her best performances to date and got the second highest mark on beam which included a back flip. If this had been an individual competition she would have come an impressive third overall.
Amelie Tyler was consistent and happy with her performance, looking a little more relaxed than normal.
Meanwhile Annabelle Bath was thrilled to gain the third highest score for her vault. She did a half turn onto the 1.25m table and a half twist off.
Izzy Moran produced a fine performance to earn the fifth highest mark for her floor routine as the team secured a well-deserved silver medal.