Arabian girls in the medals in Scotland


A team from Arabian gymnastics club were the only English competitors as they crossed the borders into Scotland for their latest competition.

The girls were competing in the Celebration of Life event, held by Cumbernauld Gymnastics Club just outside Glasgow.

The youngest traveller to do the 750 mile round trip was eight-year-old Emilee Brooks.

She put on an amazing display on floor, bars beam and vault to take the first gold medal of the event.

Unfazed by long distance travelling and staying overnight without parental support the youngster showed remarkable routines beating 19 others within her age category.

Nine-year-old Tayla Smyth also took a podium place in her age category against 11 other girls winning bronze medal overall. A fantastic beam display cemented her medal placing.

But nine-year-old Ellie Kealy just missed out of a podium finish coming in fourth place - a respectable finish but her slip on beam cost her a likely podium place.

Lucy Thompson, 10, did manage a podium finish though, taking a bronze medal with floor and beam, completing fantastic set results for the clubs youngest gymnasts.

In the 14-year-old section, Poppy Gibbs struggled to find full form despite a stunning twisting floor routine to open her account, but slipped to sixth in a demanding group.

Kyla Howton had also a great floor routine with perfect acrobatics entwined with graceful dance and an impressive bars and beam which gave her silver overall place.

Her team mate Sophie Fretwell, who has been at the club since she was six months old, stole the show with perfect routines on all four pieces of equipment.

The national judges deemed her to be the best and gave her the gold, much to the delight of coaches Alan Armitage and Sam Gavrovski.

Alan said: “This was an amazing event with some really exciting displays from the Arabian gymnasts who stole the show.

“We never expected to have such good results against such good opposition.

“But the girls clearly rose to the challenge and brought home the medals.”