Year ends on a great note

Arabian gymnasts
Arabian gymnasts

Arabian Gymnastics took part in their final show of the year at the Chalk Bowl Challenge Cup in Colchester.

The six gymnasts clearly placed Bletchley on the map by winning a total of 17 medals, four overall placings and three individual champions in a tough event.

The girls started on their strongest piece, the Balance beam, but despite recently showing off skills perfectly at MK Dons in front of 12,000 fans they struggled to cope with the more intimate partisan surroundings of a gymnastic hall. Despite their indifferent start they still picked up medals in what was a ruthless display of ability.

Sophie Fretwell, 14, won bronze on beam, but also added silver for her stunning vault which placed her overall on the rostrum in third place, ending what has been a remarkable season for the youngster.

Poppy Gibbs, also 14, won silver on the beam and was crowned champion on vault she also gained a bronze for her floor and was just outside the rostrum places overall placed 4th

Kyla Howton, 14, who had the most impressive beam with huge difficulty in skills came fourth, but she did win bronze for her vault. She came fifth on bars and floor giving her a fourth place overall.

Molly Harris, 12, won Bronze medals on beam fourth place on vault before Molly un-characteristically slipped spectacularly in a tumble run in her floor routine, but showed amazing ability to continue as if nothing happened, which had the crowd on its feet with appreciation. She then went to bars and was crowned Champion on bars and was placed overall in 2nd place.

Lucy Thompson (10)managed to take gold place and crowned champion of beam. Lucy shared second place on vault with a gymnast from Jersey. She then won bronze on floor and bars to come second overall.

Nine-year-old Ellie Kealy took a fall on dismount of the beam so she slipped to seventh but recovered very well to take fourth place on bars and win Bronze for her floor exercise this gave her an overall place of third.

Head Coach Alan Armitage

“ I was impressed with all the girls but I have to say Molly showed amazing depth of recovery to not just complete her floor after her fall, but to then go to Bars an beat everyone including 5 gymnasts from Denmark.

“To have three champions, four placings and medals for all is a wonderful result.”