Arabian girls blossom in Tulips competition

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ARABIAN gymnasts stormed to their first victory of the year at the National Tulips team Gymnastic competition in Spalding, Lincolnshire.

The senior level four team took first place, level three team took silver, and junior level four team finished in fourth spot - good enough to give Arabian the overall win.

For the level four seniors, 11-year-old Poppy Gibbs led the way, winning gold on vault and floor while Sophie Fretwell finished in second behind her thanks to bronze medals on vault and beam. Lucy Johnston took silver on vault to give the Arabian girls a clean-sweep.

The level four juniors finished fourth overall after good efforts from Beckey Matcham - who won gold on floor - and Molly Harris and Millie Barnes who won silver on the same apparatus.

Katie Wood shone as she won bronze on the bars, and Tamzin Hill performed well as the girls just missed out on the top three places.

Arabian’s level five team finished in sixth place as Emily Kettle, Lara Moffat and Phoebe Copestake performed well, but the star girl of the show was Saskia Albertella who took silver on vault.

For the level three senior girls it was second place, despite the best efforts of Arabian star Bex Whatmore who was the highest scoring gymnast on the day as she won gold on vault and silver on beam and floor.

Jess Wright won gold on bars, while it was three bronze for Ellie Hewitt as she continues her incredible return after a serious injury and operation. Hannah Bond took the silver on bars as well as bronze on vault.

“The results are pleasing to say the least,” said team coach Alan Armitage after the competition.

“We have some incredible youngsters pushing through the ranks at Arabian and to take on some older and more experienced gymnasts can do them nothing but good.

“It’s not always about winning, and it’s certainly not about taking part, it’s about trying to win - even if the odds are stacked against you.

“When you see the winning team’s coach crying with joy having beaten Arabian’s senior team to first place, it says a great deal about just how far we have come as a club.”

Pictured are Ellie Hewiit and the girls senior level four champions team.