Springers kids jumping for joy

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Young gymnasts from MK Springers made the long trip to Southampton to compete at the Southern Region finals at the weekend.

The competition was an important one on two counts as winners of each category would go on to represent the Southern Region at the 2013 British Championships, and the runners-up would earn the right to take part in the next Inter-Regional event.

In the women’s grade one pairs category, Ellie Wheeler and Ella Carey earned bronze medals and booked places at the regional competition.

Hasha Mundle-Simpkin and Kaiya Aitken also took bronze medals, as the pairs of Yundi Huang and Chelsea Reed, Shannen Hughes and Millie Bone, and Maddie Ellie and Grace Farrow narrowly missed out.

There were gold medals for Shannen, Yundi and Millie Erasmus in the women’s trio grade one event, and Henry Stockwell and Tiya Masiyano added to Springers’ superb medal haul by taking mixed pairs gold to qualify for the national finals.

Brothers Jake and Luke Blackhurst achieved men’s pairs silver medals and will take part in the next regional competition later this year, while grade three pair Ashley Stone and Page Lannin were just pipped to the post and won silver medals to reach the regionals. Isabelle Miller and Emma Lansdowne won bronze.

Over on the other side of the hall, the tumbling event was unfolding and the club’s winning streak continued as 12 Springers youngsters were in action.

National one competitors Georgia Anderson and Taylor Noble achieved silver medals, while Jane Lambert was very unlucky to be just outside of contention in 4th place.

Louise Jones performed several beautiful flicks and somersaults to win gold at national two level to qualify for the British finals, while at national three Tanner Stott earned bronze – as did Amie Clarke, but Ella Turner was just outside of the medals.

At national four, Henry Stockwell carried on his great form and achieved silver, but team-mate Naomi Smith was just outside the medals.

And Cameron Lambert somersaulted his way to gold and a British finals place at national five level, where he’ll be joined by James Odwell.

Club head coach Felicity Candler-O’Donnell said: “The results we have achieved are down to the hard work of the gymnasts and coaches.

“It will be so exciting for them to go to the nationals.”