Arabian roses are pick of the bunch

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Arabian gymnasts stood out at this year’s International Roses competition in Spalding as they returned home with a fantastic haul of medals.

The event is made up of six different levels and features gymnasts aged from as young as five up to 20, with a total of 273 youngsters from 14 clubs taking part, including a team from Texas.

The eight gymnasts from the USA were staying at the homes of their Milton Keynes counterparts for the week and also put on an excellent show in Spalding.

The crowds all day packed the arena with often standing room the only option as the music and gymnasts created a carnival atmosphere.

Hosted by Alan and Donna Armitage, the competition is the biggest women’s artistic event to take place in one day in the country and has proved hugely popular.

Arabian gymnasts gained 87 medals, of which 27 were gold and 35 silver. Highlights of the day came from Alisya Tomak and Faye Treadwell as both won four gold medals.

Jessica Doyle, Tayla Smyth and Tamzin Hill all collected two gold medals apiece, with Tionne Cumberbatch taking three gold.

Other gold medal winners from the Bletchley-based club were: Molly Harris, Natasha Dagois, Ellie Hewitt, Emilee Brooks, Lucy Thompson, Cara Mason, Libby Usher, Phoebe Briggs, Saskia Albertella and Lucy Armitage.

Molly Harris and Sophie Fretwell brought some of the most memorable moments of the silver medal winners as they picked up three each.

There were two apiece for Poppy Gibbs, Natasha Dagois, Kyla Howton, Sophie Clarke, Lucy Thompson, Libby Usher, Saskia Albertella and adding two her four gold was Alisiya Tomak.

Head coach Alan Armitage said: “It never ceases to amaze me the goodwill, kindness and creative giving of so many to so many.

“The children had a most wonderful day, and although we organise and host the event it is down to so many others who make it the most special event of the year.”