GYMNASTICS: Sophie shines as Spalding’s starlets step it up

Stepping up: Spalding Gymnastic Academy's Level Five competitors.''Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG270511-166TW (TIM WILSON)
Stepping up: Spalding Gymnastic Academy's Level Five competitors.''Photo (to order call 01775 765433): SG270511-166TW (TIM WILSON)
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SPALDING Gymnastic Academy’s up and coming stars took centre stage at a recent county event as they looked to take their performance to the next level.

A pass mark of 43.50 was required at the Level Five competition, which is very difficult to achieve.

Spalding’s highest score of the day came in the age 13 and over group, with Sophie Crowson getting a hugely impressive 45.33 to win the bronze medal and pass to Level Four. That was good enough for Crowson to place fifth in the day’s overall competition.

In the same category, Leanne Moore (40.80) finished eighth.

Only one gold medal went the way of Spalding – and that went the way of Jennifer Platt in the age ten years group. Her brilliant score of 43.65 also get her through to Level Four.

Also at age ten, Sian Matson (41.40) took fourth and Dulcie Baker (40.38) fared pretty well.

In the eight years age group Evie Freeman was fourth with 39.97, while at nine years Erin Bailey (40.47) finished sixth and Ellie Keeble (37.83) took 11th.

Such a solid performance’s from this talented trio bodes well for their future.

Another to get through to Level Four was Laura Delve, who was fourth with 44.42. Team-mate Sophie Whittington (43.12) was just off the pace in the same category, while Ella Tolley (42.10) finished eighth and Annie Buchanan (39.82) took tenth.

Elsewhere, Spalding excelled in the 12 years age group. Four out of the top six places went their way, with Shelby Carrington (43.30) winning the bronze medal.

Colby Riley was fourth with 42.88, Kate Ames (42.42) bagged fifth and Tyler Mae Harker (42.23) clinched sixth.

Also in that group were Elexia Coote (40.83) in tenth, Amy Liquorish (40.43) in 12th, Elinor Hughes (39.87) in 14th and Simran Bhondi (39.85) a further place back in 15th.