GYMNASTICS: Record medal haul for Spalding girls

Medal spree: Spalding's gymnasts show off their Roses competition winnings, while (above) Georgia Harper and Clara Willis are pictured with their runners-up plate. Photos (MIKE DAVISON): SG110512-865MD (group) and 864MD
Medal spree: Spalding's gymnasts show off their Roses competition winnings, while (above) Georgia Harper and Clara Willis are pictured with their runners-up plate. Photos (MIKE DAVISON): SG110512-865MD (group) and 864MD
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THRIVING Spalding Gymnastic Club secured an incredible triple-figure medal haul as they played host to a national Roses competition.

With more than 100 girls going home draped in silverware, it was no surprise that it was Spalding’s best-ever showing in the event.

Rose comp qualifiers'Spalding Gym clb'11/05/12'Medal Winners Group.

Rose comp qualifiers'Spalding Gym clb'11/05/12'Medal Winners Group.

Clubs from all over the country took part in the Cradge Bank meet, bringing with them a range of gymnasts from beginners to high level.

The competition has grown into a very important date on the gymnastic calendar, with a host of clubs vying to be involved.

As a result, the number of entrants this year had to be capped, with 270 gymnasts able to take part.

Arabian Gym Club from Bletchley in Buckinghamshire are the driving force behind the event, with Spalding parents doing their bit to help set up before the start of a busy day of action.

Spalding provided 50 gymnasts, with each and every one of them proving to be a credit to the club.

The club seemed to be represented at every medal ceremony, such was their dominance – which was reflected by deafening cheers from the buzzing crowd.

Not content with their sensational showing, Spalding were also prominent in a special event held after the medals were dished out.

All of the clubs represented were able to put forward a dance routine – which always generates interest and excitement among the girls.

Spalding delivered a very clever routine, which involved 30 of their gymnasts aged between seven and 18 years old.

The routine was devised by Clara Willis and Georgia Harper, with the track used coming from the musical Hairspray.

Spalding Gymnastic Academy’s Melanie Coote said: “Fantastic is a word often used – but this certainly was.

“The rafters shook with the cheering and clapping to what was a truly memorable display.”

• A report in last week’s edition of the Spalding Guardian said that Spalding’s Evie Freeman won a gold medal with Lincolnshire at the inter-regional championships in Leicester. The team actually won a bronze medal and we apologise for the error.