Arabian girls fly high across the pond

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Six brave Arabian gymnasts walked a gauntlet of partisan fans when they took part in the biggest competition ever to be held in Canada.

With more than 1,500 young gymnasts descending on two back-to-back ice rinks turned into three gymnastic halls in Toronto, the Arabian girls had to adapt very fast to the event attended by a good couple of thousands spectators. And all that after a long haul flight.

But the Bletchley girls rose to the challenege. Tamzin Hill won bronze medals on bars and beam, and finished 4th on the vault and floor.

Poppy Gibbs was unlucky to narrowly miss out on the medals after finishing in 4th place on the vault and floor, plus 5th on beam and 6th on bars.

Louisa Cuthbert finished 5th on floor and bars, and 6th on vault and beam. That gave the team 5th place out of the 27 clubs taking part.

The trio of Sophie Fretwell, Lucy Johnston and Tionne Cumberbatch finished 4th in their level out of 20 teams

Lucy shone with 5th place on beam and floor, along with great vaulting from Sophie in 7th and Tionne 8th on floor.

Sunday saw Arabian’s girls in action again, and wonderful clear beam routines by Lucy, Tionne and Tamzin got them off to a terrific star.

Poppy’s striking floor and vault, along with Louisa’s grace on floor and Sophie’s stunning bar routines, was enough for them to collectively finish in 4th place.

“There were some amazing performances – I have never felt so proud,” said head coach Alan Armitage.