GYMNASTICS: Medals galore for Spalding’s girls

Representing: Spalding brought 21 medals home from Milton Keynes (above), while (below) the Academy's county 4, 3, 2, 1 girls fared well.
Representing: Spalding brought 21 medals home from Milton Keynes (above), while (below) the Academy's county 4, 3, 2, 1 girls fared well.
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A SPREE of medals were picked up by Spalding Gymnastic Academy at a national competition in Milton Keynes.

More than 300 gymnasts from across the country were in action at the Kingston Gymnastic Centre – ensuring the quality was sky-high.

.GYMNASTS TEAMS'sp gymnastics academy cradge bank'13/05/11'4/3/2/1/ comp f/clara willis,emma coddington,francesca harper,lauren cook..b/georgia symak-cotton,lois lachassience,lucinda thompson,sarena leadbeater,laura van lier

.GYMNASTS TEAMS'sp gymnastics academy cradge bank'13/05/11'4/3/2/1/ comp f/clara willis,emma coddington,francesca harper,lauren cook..b/georgia symak-cotton,lois lachassience,lucinda thompson,sarena leadbeater,laura van lier

Spalding had an excellent day with the girls taking an impressive 21 medals.

In the first round in the nine years age group, Olivia Thompson won gold on beam and silver on vault, while Erin Bailey grabbed gold on bars.

More medals followed in the eight years age group as Mackenzie Hughes stayed on beam to win gold and Evie Freeman finished with silver on trampette.

The next round, called Tudor, saw Laura Van Lier pick up a hat-trick of medals in the age 11 years category as Spalding’s girls made hay. She won gold on vault, silver on bars and another gold on beam.

Lois Lachasseigne was also in fine form, winning the silver on vault and bronze on the floor, while Lucinda Thompson got the bronze on bars and silver on beam.

Not content with that, Laura Delve also won the bronze on beam and took silver on floor to make this the most successful age group of the day for Spalding.

In the age 12 years group Hannah Lawrence was on her own, but she got silver on both the vault and beam.

The medals continued to flow in the next round. Charlotte Maplethorpe in the nine years age group won gold on bars and silver on beam, while in the 10 years section Sophie Whittington was the golden girl on trampette. Elexia Coote also took bronze in both beam and trampette.

• SPALDING gymnasts were among the medals at a keenly-contested county competition.

Although the event was for competitors in grades four, three, two and one, Spalding only entered gymnasts at levels four and three.

In the overall level four standings, Lucinda Thompson was the highest finisher in equal sixth place.

However, in the individual competition Laura Van Lier won the bronze medal on vault, with Serena Leadbeater just behind her in fourth.

Van Lier went one better on the bars as she took silver, with team-mate Georgia Symak-Cotton finishing fifth.

On beam Thompson was the highest finisher in seventh place. With a fall proving very costly, the majority of gymnasts found it a very demanding piece of apparatus.

The floor saw Lauren Cook (10th) get the highest position for Spalding, one place ahead of Leadbeater in 11th.

Also taking part and getting a score of 43.15 was Lois Lachasseigne, who put in a solid all-round performance.

At level three the senior girls found the opposition very strong, although Francesca Harper won the bronze on vault and Emma Coddington took silver in her age group overall.

Also competing were Amy Loveridge (U/12s) and Clara Willis (14yrs).