Arabian boast Tulip champions

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Arabian Gymnastics celebrated four more national champions at The National Tulip Team Championships.

Poppy Gibbs, Sophie Frewtell, Kyla Howton all shrugged off the jet-lag from their recent competition in Hawaii to compete in Spalding and were crowned as champions, alongside Hannah Bond.

a strong positive display by the eldest team had the writing on the wall for their opposition with them winning overall gold on Vault, Beam and Floor to take the title by 0.450 from very strong rival teams. It’s a stunning result as the gymnasts could clearly be seen to wane as they struggled to stay strong in their last piece of equipment.

Kyla individually won Gold on Beam with some amazing somersaulting acrobatics and also Floor with Poppy taking two silvers on Floor and vault and Overall Poppy was the highest placed gymnast with 3rd, Kyla 5th Sophie 6th and Hannah 17th.

With two of the top girls absent from the team it made it even more special that they beat the other teams.

The level 4 team were up against 38 gymnasts of which Lucy Thompson, Tamzin Hill, Ellie Kealy and Natasha Dagois took overall 2nd place on the rostrum. As a team they were crowned floor champions, silver on Bars and bronze on vault and beam.

Individual medals were bronze on beam and Gold on Vault for Tamzin. Ellie took bronze for her floor and Lucy Thompson took gold for her bars and silver for her floor but overall she was Individual champion beating all the other 38 gymnasts.

In level 5 we had Cara Mason and Olivia German compete for the first ever time and really performed well making the team up with Emilee Brooks and Tayla Smyth. They came 3rd overall and Emilee was never out the top 5 scores and individually won Silver on Bars & Bronze on Vault.

Tayla came 4th on bars and 5th on Floor.

A second team at level 5 was Lara Moffat, Anna Coaton, Dagmara Kozioiek and Alysha Howton came a credible overall 6th but as a team won silver place for their Vaulting prowess. Lara also got an individual silver for her vault.

Head Coach Alan Armitage was pleased to have three out of four teams on the podium.

He said: “I think the closer they get to the ocean the better they seem to perform, its an amazing result for the eldest girls and wonderful for Lucy Thompson beating so many gymnasts.

“The club has had a wonderful start to the years competition and with another five before June there is no time to rest.”