Arabian girls go head over heels

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Arabian Gymnastics Club held a two-day festival at Bletchley Leisure Centre as more than 300 children competed on four pieces of equipment.

The event was managed by Donna Armitage, and made possible by the hard work of 40 volunteers.

It was an opportunity for parents and members of the public to witness some of the great work from the Arabian kids, aged from as young as four through to 20. A crowd of more than 400 squeezed into the hall each day, making for a wonder carnival atmosphere.

The top level girls gave an outstanding performance to show off their skills, which were not out of place on the Olympic beam that was used at the London Games and is now part of the furniture at the club.

Louisa Cuthbert was on sensational form, which was fitting as, unknown to her or anyone else, she was awarded the most improved gymnast of the year award in the senior category at the club, as Molly Harris was given the junior shield.

Impressive routines on show included a front salto on beam from Bex Whatmore – the sort of performance that earned the club great praise from judge Clare Barnes who was watching on.

“I’ve had a good day at the championships and I’m very, very impressed with all the Arabian gymnasts,” she said.

“I lost count of how many tuck backs I judged, and even an amazing front somi on the beam.”