MK gymnasts enjoy hat-trick of competition success

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IT’S been a busy couple of weeks for Milton Keynes gymnasts, with plenty of success at three different competitions.

The first of those was the club’s autumn in house competition when more than 150 children turned out to compete, ranging in age from two to 16 year-olds.

All of the youngsters performed routines on benches, showing off their balancing skills and performing many different jumps and somersaults on the trampette.

Charlotte Anderson-Priddle opened the event with her award winning floor routine which earned her a huge round of applause.

And one of the youngest to take part, three-year-old Harvey Dee, won gold on the bench.

All of the young gymnasts to compete took home a medal to be proud of, while the club’s older members tried out new routines for the first time in readiness for their important competitions later in the year.

A week later Milton Keynes’ men’s artistic squad went to Southampton to perform in the regional championships.

Jacob Nichols-Cook finished 2nd on floor, pommel and vault for a strong 4th place overall, while Lewis Dean was 1st on pommel, rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar and claimed silver overall.

Gregory Beckley finished 3rd on the pommel, and Edward Dean was 1st on parallel bars and high bar to clinch the gold medal overall.

Leo Zervos was 1st on every piece to win gold overall, while Jacob Taylor came 2nd on floor, pommel and rings, and Harry Saxon came 2nd on floor, vault and high bar.

The Milton Keynes gym also hosted the Bucks floor and vault competition, meaning that coaches Dannielle Moray, Hunter Yeal and Lauren Chudley were kept busy.

As for the competitors, sisters Millie and Chloe Doolan both won gold, as did Claire White, with a very close silver won by Zoe Taylor-Ridgeway, while Jazmine Brown claimed bronze.

Also winning medals on the day were Molly Casey and Rae Lorissa-Crowe who took silver, while Cecilia Adamou won bronze. Eustace Kunaka narrowly missed out on passing her grade with a score of 25.20.