Lottie wins another championship crown
Lottie Smith, a Year 6 pupil at Stamford Junior School, has continued her excellent Gymnastics season - with an invitation to a GB training session and being crowned the Girls’ Independent Schools Gymnastics Association (GISGA) Under 11 Champion 2012.
Lottie competed in the English Championships in the Espoir age group (Under 14s). She was one of the youngest competitors as she does not turn 12 until November, and finished 18th out of 36, which was a real achievement. The National Squad coaches were watching and she has now been invited to take part in the next GB training session.
Four teams of gymnasts from the Junior School and Stamford High School also recently competed in the GISGA competition held at Kent College, Pembury. The Under 11 team were particularly outstanding, posting great team scores on all pieces of apparatus, and finished in 4th place, securing medals and a silver salver.
Lottie was crowned GISGA Under 11 Champion 2012, to add to the IAPS title she won last term, with the highest score recorded in recent history – 39.55 out of 40! She was 1.5 clear of her nearest rival, but in her typical style, took nothing for granted and gave her all.
Special commendation also goes to Year 13 pupil Gaby Bangay, who competed in the U19 team after three years out of gymnastics and only two preparation sessions. She finished in 8th place individually.
Gymnastics Coach Trudy Smith said “All of the SES gymnasts were a credit to the school, with everyone enjoying the opportunity to compete at such a prestigious event and giving of their absolute best.”