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Bronze medal for Horsham pair at British Tournament

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Horsham Gymnastics Centre’s Sports Acrobatic squad had fifteen gymnasts competing at the prestigious British Tournament with all finishing highly placed, especially the Women’s Pair of Amy Tolhurst and Maddie Kent, who earned a superb bronze medal.
The competition – held at Stoke-on-Trent’s Fenton Manor Sports Centre – attracted over 200 of the very best acrobatic gymnasts in the UK from 24 of the top clubs, with Horsham having one of the largest squads at the competition.
After competing in the 13-19 years Women’s Pairs on Saturday afternoon, and then again on Sunday morning, Amy Tolhurst and Maddie Kent were placed third in Sunday afternoon’s final to earn them the bronze medal. This was a tremendous achievement by the pair on such a big stage, with a large crowd in attendance, and up against very highly ranked competition. Horsham Gymnastics Centre is one of the top clubs in the country and its reputation was further enhanced with sixth-placed finishes from both Ben Ratcliffe and Natalie O’Hara in the 12-18 years Mixed Pairs competition and Zoe Shubert and Zoe Gaudiano in the 12-18 years Women’s Pairs.
Just outside a top-six finish were Ella Dronfield, Myla Kettel and Alexis O’Hara who finished seventh in the 12-18 Women’s Group. Francesca Clark, Matilda Tester and Pheobe Rochead came tenth in the 11-16 Women’s Group and Georgia Brock, Ella Nelson and Lily Garrard, who were also competing in the 11-16 Women’s Group, finished eleventh.
Horsham’s Head Acro Gymnastics coach Ali Harmer said, “I am so proud of all the gymnasts, they conducted themselves superbly well in a tiring and high-pressure competition. It was great to see Amy and Maddie on the winner’s rostrum after competing with the best in the country and I hope that this is just the start of a number of medals at a national level for the whole squad. I would like to recognise the huge contribution my fellow Horsham coach Ellie Stewart-Croker has made to all our gymnasts and I also thank club directors Steve and Mary Barritt for their support. As ever, none of the success would be possible without the continuing commitment shown by our gymnasts’ parents who bring their children to and from training many times a week as well as travelling the country with them for our competitions.”
This was another big competition in which Horsham showed that they are not far off taking medals consistently at the large national events. The Horsham Acro Squad will now be heading back to Stoke for the NDP Finals in May before travelling to the Echo Arena in Liverpool for the British Championship Series in July and then, once again, to Stoke for the prestigious Pat Wade Classic later in the year.

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