Sophie takes two medals

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Arabian Gymnastics were flying the flag for England as they impressed at the Spring Cup competition in Canada.

Sophie Fretwell, 14, continued her truly amazing run of winning this year by collecting a further two medals, being crowned vault champion and taking bronze a day later in another vault event.

She has now competed seven times including in Hawaii and has won a medal at least once, in every event she has taken part in.

Tionne Cumberbatch narrowly missed out on victory in the beam, but a wobble cost her dearly as she finished fifth. She also came sixth on the beam and ninth on the floor to come seventh overall.

Lucy Thompson was the youngest traveller, but it didn’t phase her as she came eighth overall.

Kyla Howton, pictured, came agonisingly close to taking a medal in the beam event, finishing 0.150 marks off second but had to settle for fifth.

The following day, while teamed up with Sophie, an uncharacteristic slip on the beam saw Kyla miss out on gold, and finished fourth.

Lucy and Tionne also teamed up, but were unaccustomed to the slippery bars, and finished 12th overall.

Head coach Alan Armitage said: “When you see 15 and 14 year old girls still taking part in one of the hardest sports in the world, travelling worldwide, when it is common for older girls to quit and move into easier routes like cheer leading and team events, it makes me even prouder of their passion and achievements.”