Members of Bradley Stoke Gymnastics Club put in some fine performances at the 2019 South West Acro Championships held at Yate International Gymnastics Centre on Saturday 12th & Sunday 13th October.
A team of 15 Bradley Stoke gymnasts (making up seven partnerships), three of them competing for the first time, made the short trip to Yate, where they joined around 300 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.
Out of the seven partnerships, four of them came away with medals. Amelia Budding and Lara Davidson came away with gold – after working together for just four weeks. Feebee Hartanto and Lara Davidson got silver in their category – in Feebee’s first-ever competition. Alissa Fulco and Tahlia Jennings-Smith got silver, also their first competition, while Sophie Dean and Leoni Miller also secured silver.
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’”.
“We are also proud that some of our gymnasts have now retired from competing but continue to support the club by coaching and passing on their knowledge to the younger members. The coaching team could not be more grateful to have so many special people in the club.”
Fellow coach Chris Wilcox added:
“We would like to thank all of our assistant coaches – Mia Vindel, Ellie Bennett, Amy Price, Holly Price, Karen Price and Kelsey Booy – for supporting us in keeping the club going and helping give all our gymnasts the opportunity to compete.”
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.
This article originally appeared in the November/December 2019 issue of the Bradley Stoke Journal magazine (on page 18). The magazine is delivered FREE, EVERY MONTH (except August), to ALL 8,700 homes in Bradley Stoke. Phone 01454 300 400 to enquire about advertising or leaflet insertion.
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