Hannah takes home hard-fought medal

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Hannah Bond was the top English performer for Arabian Gymnastics in Cumbernauld in Scotland.

A team of five travelled from Milton Keynes to the Scottish town to take on the best from north of the border.

The very hard fought event saw the eldest gymnast of Hannah Bond aged 19 fared best out of the English on all pieces giving her an overall medal placing of fourth.

Individual apparatus she was ninth on Vault, seventh on bars and fourth on both beam and floor.

Her stunningly romantic choreographed floor routine, made by Wendy Kitching, got the biggest ovation of the day for any gymnast, which was really touching.

Natalia Andrzejak (13) found it quite hard in this round of 19 gymnasts and she eventually finished in 11th place but was in first place on bars beating a very good group of gymnasts, but her nerves just over shadowed the normally cool competitor and she did not fair quite as good on the other pieces.

Emilee Brookes (10) the youngest competitor and Dagmara Koziolek (11)were in a round of 25 gymnasts and Emilee finished overall in sixth place and Dagmara in 11th.

Emilee was second on bars and sixth on beam with Dagmara taking first place on vault, eighth on the floor and sixth on bars.

Lucy Thompson (12)competed in a round of 29 gymnasts and managed a credible eighth place finish, coming fifth on vault, eighth on bars sixth on beam and seventh on floor. Again nerves played their part for Lucy stopping her full potential to shine.

Head coach Alan Armitage said: “The closed-in arena had standing room only at one point and this hugely partisan crowd really placed the girls in an event where they had to have nerves of steel.

“It was not an arena for the faint hearted.

“It was a wonderful sight to see our eldest and longest serving gymnast Hannah Bond perform so gracefully as she has for the club and city for many years staying calm, cool and on form, despite the intense noise and atmosphere.

“Both Natalia and Dagmara picking up first place finishes on bars and vault respectively was a bonus in what was a very hard fought event with some exceptional talent on show from Scotland.

“Lucy and Emilee joined Hannah with clean balance beam routines.

“We would like to thank our official sponsors the Engineering Quest for their amazing support of the girls. ”