Members of Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club put in some fine performances at the South West Prelims competition held at Yate International Gymnastics Centre on Saturday 17th March.
A team of 16 Bradley Stoke gymnasts (making up seven partnerships), five of them competing for the first time, made the short trip to Yate, where they joined around 200 other competitors from across the south west.
The competition format requires each partnership to perform a two-minute routine consisting of five team moves and three individual moves. Routines are judged for tidiness, sparkle, performance and artistry.
The club’s trio of Sophie Dean, Grace Blumire and Charlie Osborne delighted their coaches by coming away with bronze medals. Reflecting on her experience, Charlie said:
“I enjoyed the competition, however it was hard as there were some quite good trios in our group. The best part of the competition was collecting my first medal, and I really liked watching other people competing.”
Rachael Moore, club coach, said:
“All of the gymnasts performed excellent routines, making us very, very proud. To have so many of our ‘new ones’ compete for the first time and shine like stars put smiles on our faces. We couldn’t be prouder of all the girls, and that’s what makes us a real ‘gym family’”.
Fellow coach Chris Wilcox added:
“We would like to thank all of our assistant coaches – Kelsey Booy, Ellen Smith, Mia Vindel, Amy Price, Ellie Bennett and Karen Price – for supporting us in keeping the club going and helping give all our gymnasts the opportunity to compete. We are all so proud.”
Other Bradley Stoke partnerships taking part were:
- Holly Price, Olivia Hood & River Wingate
- Sarah George & Lottie McGregor
- Imisi Adeniyi-Adegoke & Neve Hood
- Ruby Woods & Courtney Baker
- Jessica Lewis & Amelia Budding
- Fiona George & Lara Davidson
Gymnasts from the club will stage a display at the Baileys Court Primary School summer fête on Saturday 7th July and will be competing in the South West Championships in October.
Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club runs classes for children from age four upwards. They meet on Mondays, 4pm or 5pm, in the main hall at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre. For more information visit www.bradleystokegymnasticsclub.co.uk or find them on Facebook.
Photos: Fifteen of the 16-strong squad which Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club sent to the South West Prelims. Wearing the pink leotards are the bronze medal-winning partnership of (l-r) Sophie Dean, Charlie Osborne and Grace Blumire.
This article originally appeared in the April 2018 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal news magazine (on page 25). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH, to 9,200 homes in Bradley Stoke and Little Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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