October 14, 2019

West Country League success for Swindon gymnasts

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Swindon School of Gymnastics tasted plenty of individual and team success at the first round of the West Country League in Fromeside recently as 14 girls represented the club, write Julia Cook.

Five juniors got the day under way with Isla McCalla producing a stunning performance on the bars to clinch victory.

Also in action for the juniors was Mimi King, Naomi Atkinson, Jessica Reynolds and Hetty Truman

McCalla’s coach, Lauren Cordingly was delighted with her effort saying: “Isla came first on the A Bars and has made a massive improvement on this piece of apparatus.

“All the juniors looked nervous today and didn’t perform to their best, although I am very happy with the team spirit.”

Next up was the seniors, who competed on the floor first with Audrey Osei Akowua achieving the second highest mark overall.

Her stunning tumbling and graceful dancing, saw her take home valuable points for the B team.

Meanwhile, in an incredible move, Shannon White pulled off her first double back somersault to gain the highest score in the C league.

In the vault, Shannon Reynolds won the competition overall, with a dynamic half on half twist off, leading the team to an overall win.

White showed off her skills once again with a pike tsukahara, to win the vault for the C team and then claimed another victory, this time on the bars as she landed her new front dismount beautifully.

Amelie Tyler was placed third overall thanks to her stunning bar routine.

For the final event of the day, the much-dreaded balance beam took several victims, with falls witnessed throughout the group.

Tyler and Reynolds both managed to stay on, jumping and turning their way to second and seventh places respectively.

Jessica Lomas managed to keep her balance too, and took home the win in the C league.

After a long, hot day, the wait for the results was a nervous one. However it was well worth it with the Swindon C team (15s and older) taking home the win in their league, with 131.46 marks.

The Swindon B team (14s and under) followed suit with their medal taking home second place in their league, with 173.61 points.

After a hard-fought day from all of the girls, it was great to see the teams leaving with some much deserved silverware, and the teams can look forward to the next few months after their fantastic performances.

For now, they return to the gym to continue training hard, and hope to repeat their successes in October and November for the next meetings in the league.

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