Sophie’s golden once again

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Sophie Fretwell continued her golden streak at the Chalk Bowl Challenge in Colchester on Sunday.

The 15-year-old, from Arabian Gym, has taken gold in every competition she has entered since October 2013.

On Sunday, her streak continued with her powerful dynamic and outstanding balance beam performance.

Sophie was very much struggling in this event, her first since the summer and it showed but she left her best performance for beam.

“ Sophie has an incredible ability to perform and win even when she is under par as she was in this event,” said coach Alan Armitage.

“I have been working hard with her on psychology which a huge ingredient at her age and I knew she had the ability to perform even when not 100 per cent fit and well.”

Fellow Arabian star Poppy Gibbs had a solid powerful beam but a slip saw her drop out of medal contention.

Molly Harris had the most acrobatic performance of all the girls with somersaults and multiple flips backwards, but a slight slip cost her a medal.

Poppy shone on floor and vault but was pipped by some very strong gymnasts from all over the UK in the event that had 189 gymnasts attending.

Cara Mason was the youngest competitor and had a really good competition but fell short of the medals.

Emilee Brooks (10) put in a great performance beating gymnasts from all over the country but fell short of a medal placing.

But team mate Tayla Cattini finished in the top ten and also won a bronze medal for her powerful vault. It was very pleasing for the youngster as she has worked very hard on her vault for weeks.