Arabian girls chalk up great results at new competition

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FIFTEEN Arabian gymnasts entered a new competition held in Colchester called the ‘Chalk Bowl Invitation’ and achieved some magnificent results.

The Chalk Bowl Invitation is an event where some of the very best gymnasts from across the UK are pitted against each other at differing age categories and levels, with various gold medals up for grabs.

The competition was held over two days and saw the Arabian girls perform very well up against some remarkably talented gymnasts.

There was even gymnasts competing who are heading to the top of the sport, so the city girls really did have to deliver near-on faultless routines to stand any chance of a medal.

But despite the cold outside, the 15 girls warmed up well and showed their own fantastic ability, while presenting Milton Keynes with pride.

They were particularly impressive on the balance beam – traditionally their strongest piece – with many back flips and tumbles to keep the watching audience entertained.

Out of the 15 Arabian girls aged from eight to 14 years-old, a fantastic 13 of them enjoyed good individual success to the delight of their head coach Alan Armitage.

Trophies went to Lucy Thompson, Molly Harris, Casey Hodges, Sophie Fretwell, Emilee Brooks and Tionne Cumberbatch.

Winning medals were taken by Poppy Gibbs, Phoebe Copestake, Tamzin Hill, Lara Moffat, Lucy Johnston and Nell Maze Brown.

Ellie Kealy and Tayla Smyth were just outside the medals, but still performed very well on the day.

The Bletchley Leisure Centre-based club trained at the venue in Colchester before the event and had great support from Sam Gavrovski, Sophie Peers and Jaye Thompson – three coaches who help develop the very best gymnasts at the club alongside their head coach.