Scarborough’s gymnastics stars fly away with International honours

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Scarborough Gymnastics Academy have secured a superb first place overall in the women’s section of the fifth leg of the International Team Gym Cup.

The squad made up of Junior and Primary aged gymnasts turned on the style when they travelled to Gran Canaria to compete in the final leg of the championship.

Within the tournament the Scarborough All Stars British team were up against teams from Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Czech Republic, Austria and other teams from Great Britain within the whole championship.

The team, who were representing Scarborough Gymnastics Academy as well as Great Britain, included 11 gymnasts, two coaches, one judge and two welfare officers. This is the second time Scarborough Gymnastics Academy has taken part in an international event.

The tournament is made up of five different competitions in six different countries (Austria, Italy, Czech Republic, Great Britain and Spain).

A team must take part in two or more competitions to gain points to add to an overall total from the team’s best two scores.

The team has been preparing for the competition for several months working really hard to increase their skill level within the new Team Gym Code which has recently been revised and become increasingly difficult.

The All Stars started the competition with their floor routine. The team performed a fantastic routine and were rewarded with first place out of the senior and junior women’s teams for their effort with a brilliant score of 13.93.

The team moved on to perform their trampette routine, which they performed a new routine with double rotation saltos and vaults in every round for the first time without any major faults, scoring 13.10, and placing them first again in the junior and senior women’s teams.

The team concluded their competition with their tumble routine and scored 12.20.

The team ethic was fantastic throughout the competition.

The Scarborough team were in overall first place on the day out of the women’s section which was an excellent result for the team.

The team is currently waiting to find out the overall international ranking and which teams have been placed in the top three spots overall.

Evy Walker said: “Everybody at the club is really proud of the team and their fantastic international achievements.”

“Participation in the International Cup in Gran Canaria was a fantastic opportunity for the team, giving the members the chance to compete at an international level, while building confidence, increasing skills, enhancing team spirit.

“The gymnasts also took part in the 51st Blume festival which is an International sports festival offering gymnasts to chance to perform their skills in front of large crowds around the island. Everyone worked really hard and had lots of fun in the sun.”

The team consisted of 11 gymnasts (from Scarborough unless stated) - Jo Pattison (14), Niamh Sweeney (14) Whitby, Caitlin Frith (13) Pickering, Abigail Catherall (13), Megan Coates (12), Evie Storr (12) Whitby, Amber Wilson (14), Coral Rose (13), Ellis Miller (12), Bethany Morley (15) and Anna Sweeney (12) Whitby.