Swindon gymnasts hailed as 'best in west' at England championships

By Swindon Link - 8 October 2018

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Last month girls from Swindon wiped the floor at Gymnastics in the South West of England Counties “Artistic” Gymnastics Championships.

Eight gymnasts from Swindon School of Gymnastics took part in the South West of England Counties “Artistic” Gymnastics Championships last month.

A spokesperson for the team said: "The juniors –  Demi Hagan 8, Jessica Reynolds 8, Mimi King 9 and Isla McCalla 9 - looked stunning in their new Club leotards. They were in a large group of 22 and although they were nervous they all performed well. Special mention should be made of Jess and Isla for going clean on the balance beam, and with Isla performing a flick on it for the first time.

"Their coach Lauren Cordingley said that although they didn’t place, they had gained valuable experience at this higher level competition.

"The Seniors then competed – Millie Swift 15, Jessica Lomas 15, Shannon White 15 and Shannon Reynolds 11 representing the Club, against Clubs from were up against Clubs from Bristol, Somerset, Frome, Dorset, Devon and Cornwall.

"Unfortunately Shannon White had to withdraw due to an injury but she (together with her family) travelled to support the girls.

"Shannon Reynolds was in a large group of 19 gymnasts and performed well on all 4 pieces of apparatus, including several new moves in her routines. She did exceptionally well to win the bronze medal on the vault.

"Her coach Karen Swift quoted 'I’m so proud of her, she’s grown so much lately and has had to learn new skills. Not to look out of her depth at this level is a credit to her commitment'.

"Millie and Jess then competed in the Over 14’s section and both performed excellently on all 4 pieces of apparatus as they also included several new skills.

"Jess won the bars and came third overall in the group. Mille was outstanding and won the vault and beam, she came third on bars and gained second place for her floor routine.

"To end a great weekend, Millie was awarded the trophy for the highest overall score in her group."

Millie's coach, Wendy Payne, added: “This is nothing more than she deserves. She never misses training yet still keeps up with her important school work, she is a pleasure to have in the gym and has grown into a lovely young lady.”

For further information visit www.ssggymnastics.co.uk

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