Arabian impress Olympic star

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Arabian Gymnastics hosted their annual championships over the weekend.

More than 300 gymnasts competed over eight events, with parents turning out in their hundreds to support their children and the charity.

Gymnasts aged from just 3 years old to over 18 years old took to the equipment showing everything from a forward roll to a multiple twisting somersault.

More than 30 coaches and volunteers gave their time freely over the two-day event for the club and the children.

Saturday saw Olympian Lisa Mason at the event watching a relative in action, but then was up to help the club give out medals and pose for many of the excited children for pictures.

The club is very grateful for Lisa supporting the day.

Lisa said: “It’s so nice to support the sport at grass roots, we all start here and progress forward.

“Arabian is doing a wonderful service to the community making the children feel equally as important as each other yet creating winners within.

“They have gymnasts that travel the world that started in baby gym, that’s a wonderful story that must give so much hope to others starting off at this club.”

Lisa would have supported the squad gymnasts but had to train herself as she is still competing at the top level.

Top awards went out to Sophie Fretwell, Emilee Brooks, Dagmara Koziolek & Poppy Gibbs for outstanding contribution in the last year.

With additional trophies to Kyla Howton, Tionne Cumberbatch, Molly Harris, Lucy Thompson, Tayla Cattini and Jess Denvers.

Head coach Alan said: “The two-day event organised by Donna Armitage was perfect for the children.

“Having an Olympian in Lisa Mason suddenly unannounced pitch in, says a great deal about the personality and genuine care Lisa has for the development of the sport.”