Arabian golden girls strike again

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Arabian fielded 12 gymnasts in a competition in Spalding on Sunday and every one of them was on the podium at least one.

The event saw 150 gymnasts from several different clubs compete, and Arabian won a total of 27 medals – 11 gold, eight silver and six bronze.

That medal haul included five gold and three silvers for the balance beam – the club’s strongest piece of equipment.

Bex Whatmore, 19, who has returned from an operation on her wrist, stunned the crowd with a breathtaking display to clinch three gold medals on vault, bars and beam.

Hannah Bond won gold on both the bars and beam, while Lucy Thompson also claimed double gold on floor and bars.

At seven years of age, the club’s youngest competitor on the day was Emilee Brooks (pictured) and she won gold for her perfect balance beam routine.

Lara Moffat was another balance beam golden girl and also earned silver on the bars and bronze on floor, as Ellie Kealy clinched gold on beam and silver on floor.

Tamzin Hill took gold on bars and two silvers for beam and vault, while Kyla Howton claimed silver on beam and bronze on vault, and Poppy Gibbs also won silver with a full twisting vault and picked up bronze on floor.

Sophie Fretwell won two bronze medals for bars and vault, Natasha Dagois earned silver on the beam and Tayla Smyth’s wonderful vaulting somersault earned her silver.