11th Dec, 2017

National Finals beckon for talented gymnasts

Liam Moakes 5th Dec, 2017 Updated: 7th Dec, 2017

TALENTED gymnasts have leapt to success by qualifying for the National Gymnastics Schools Finals.

At the West Midlands Schools Sports Acrobatic & Tumbling qualifying competition, there was glory for numerous local youngsters including pupils from Studley High School and Wythall’s Meadow Green Primary School.

Studley High’s Ella Rose Garratt and Mia Browning performed a pairs routine in acrobatic gymnastics against professionally trained sports people and were placed third.

The U14 girls also performed as a pair in the disability section, along with Reuben Bishop from Meadow Green Primary School (Wythall) and finished second, which means they will go on to represent the West Midlands in the National Finals in May 2018.

Ella was also second in the U14 singles event, in which she will also represent the West Midlands in the Nationals.

There was a strong Meadow Green influence on proceedings, not least from nine-year-old Millie Waterhouse and ten-year-old Eve Freeman who secured gold in the U11s sports acrobatic pairs event as they too went up against strong opposition.

The duo’s efforts mean they will be off to the Nationals, whilst Millie also won a bronze medal in the U11s sports acrobatic team event alongside Meadow Green school-mates Ayla Goucher, Izzy Nouhov, Brooke Fisher, Fran Setchell and Izzy Spencer.

Kirsty Garratt, head coach of Wythall Gymnastics Club of which the youngsters are members, said: “I have been coaching school gymnastics for 25 years and the success our students achieve is outstanding.

“I have watched their confidence grow and wish them the best of luck for the Nationals in 2018.”

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