Coach amazed by brilliant girls

Sophie Fretwell, Poppy Gibbs and Kyla Howton
Sophie Fretwell, Poppy Gibbs and Kyla Howton

The girls from Arabian surprised event head coach Alan Armitage as they came away from competing in Belgium with two of the three medals on offer.

Taking on some of Europe’s top gymnasts, Sophie Fretwell continued her specatcular 2014 by taking silver, ahead of Kyla Howton who won bronze.

If this was not enough of a shock the girls along with teammate Poppy Gibbs took 2nd place as a team and a silver cup to bring back to England beating teams with twice as many gymnasts.

Earlier in the day the younger gymnasts also took part.

Lucy Thompson (11) came 7th overall, Molly Harris came 17th, Emilee Brooks (8) came 16th out of 42, with best results of 10th on Bars 16th on floor and an amazing 5th place on beam.

Tayla Smyth (9) best results was 20th on bars 23rd on beam and 16th on vault.

Jess Denvers (10) came 24th on bars and a sound 17th on floor.

Sadly for Dagmara Koziolek though, illness ruled her out of the trip.

Coach Armitage said: “It was an amazing experience for all the youngsters.

“We all danced a jig as we walked at midnight through Liege to get back to our hotel. Winning against such odds was overwhelming.

“I am possibly the happiest I have ever been after 22 years of being in the sport.”