Horsham Gymnasts star at Sussex Championships

Horsham Gymnastics Centre’s Sports Acro squad, based at The Pavilions in the Park, carried on from their recent success at the National Finals to last weekend take a huge haul of medals at the Sussex Championships; held at the K2 Crawley.
The 31 squad members that competed claimed an amazing 21 gold medals, 5 silver medals and 2 bronze medals as well as taking the Milano Supreme Champions Shield (Highest Score of the Day) after Dominic Goddard and Darcy Luke’s superb performance.
Gold Medals and the title of Sussex Champions went to:
Olivia Barry, Summer Smith & Naima Hyder (Grade 2 Women’s Group), Dominic Goddard & Darcy Luke (Grade 3 Mixed Pair), Dominic Smith & Jackson Laing (Grade 4 Men’s Pair), Myla Kettel & Zoe Gaudiano (Grade 5 Women’s Pair), Manami Imada, Ella Dronfield & Alex Rogers (Grade 5 Women’s Group), Aimee Tolhurst & Ella Louise Nelson (Grade 6 Women’s Pair), Grace Ellis & Sophie Hogton (FIG 11- 16 Women’s Pair), Benjamin Ratcliffe & Madeline Kent (FIG 11- 16 Mixed Pair) and
Emily Steere, Zoe Schubert & Natalie O’Hara (FIG Junior Women’s Group).
Silver Medals went to Grade 3 Mixed Pair Dominic Smith & Alexis O’Hara and also to Grade 3 Women’s Group Grace Hanger, Anabelle Wright & Nina Butler-Laplace.
The Grade 3 Mixed Pair of Devon Thomas & Nina Butler Laplace took the bronze medal. Caitlin Simpson & Lilly Knight finished in 4th place in the Grade 4 Women’s Pair and Isabella Powell, Ella Turtle & Amelia Edson finished in 5th place in the Grade 4 Women’s Group.
Ali Harmer Head Coach of Acro said, “Many of the gymnasts had only 8 weeks to prepare after competing in the British Finals earlier this year. This meant they had moved up to higher grades with some having new partners, learning new and harder moves and new routines, thus making their achievement even more amazing. I am very proud of them all, hard work does pay off and they are all a credit to the club, their parents and their coaches”.

Dave Smith – Sports Editor

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