The Swindon School of Gymnastics Club who are based on the Isis Trading Estate, Stratton, recently sent 8 adult members to the British Veterans Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Newcastle. They all entered as individuals and as part of mixed teams.
Due to the location and being a little later in the year, this competition was less popular than usual. However there were still a creditable 87 competitors from 37 different British Clubs.
SSG did the town proud and returned to Swindon with an astonishing 15 medals, a trophy and 7 British Champions.
They train exceptionally hard during their weekly classes with their coaches Wendy Payne and John Hall. John quoted ”we couldn’t ask for a nicer group of people to work with . Everyone is so supportive of each other and I’m so proud of them all. I would also like to thank the travelling supporters who were by far the loudest during the competition. It’s just a shame we have no sponsor and have to fund everything ourselves”
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Back row left to right – Gary Burton, John Hall, Ashley Russell,
Middle row left to right – Kelly Newton, Lauren Cordingley, Laurissa Hyner-Anderson, Christine Bishop
Front – Beth Birmingham
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Kelly Newton made her brave and debut in the competition. Gaining the highest mark on both the vault and asymmetric bars, she was awarded the gold medal and title.
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Beth Bermingham also made her debut and her consistent performances on all of the 4 pieces of apparatus earnt her 3rd place and the bronze medal. Lauren Cordingley was the oldest competitor in the group and performed 2 new skills so was delighted to finish a close 4th place.
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Laurissa Hyner-Anderson achieved third place and won the bronze medal in this popular event.
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Christine Bishop is SSG’s most experienced team member and her clean beam routine earnt her a fantastic 2nd place. She was elated at taking home her first ever individual medal.
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Gary Burton was the oldest in the group, but obtaining the highest mark on the pommel horse, rings and high bar earnt him the gold medal and title.
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John Hall continues to enjoy his gymnastics at 51 years old. His high floor score earnt him 2nd place and the silver medal.
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Ashley Russell made his debut and excelled himself to win the gold medal and title.
5 teams entered and Swindon had 2 of them. Mixed Team 1 won the trophy and Mixed Team 2 came second so this was a lovely end to a long day and ensured that every town gymnast, came home with at least one medal J
Mixed Team 1
Lauren Cordingley, Gary Burton, John Hall and Laurissa Hyner-Anderson.
Mixed Team 2
Beth Bermingham, Ashley Russell, Kelly Newton and Christine Bishop