Silver Medal Success for SHS Star Gymnast
Year 7 Stamford High School pupil, Lottie Smith, is continuing to reach new heights in her gymnastics career with a silver medal victory in the Regional Espoir Championships. Not only did Lottie gain the silver medal for her overall performances across the whole range of disciplines, but she also achieved silver and bronze medals for individual routines.
There were seven Espoir competitors altogether and they were split into two categories - elite and challenge. Lottie was in the elite championships - this is the highest level anyone her age can compete at! ‘Espoir’ means hopeful and we can see from Lottie’s recent achievements that she is taking inspiration from the Team GB Olympic success and hopefully she will follow in their footsteps.
Lottie achieved two silver medals for her asymmetric bars and floor routines, and two bronze medals for her beam and vault. She was the only gymnast at the competition to complete a double straight back somersault on the asymmetric bars – displaying some incredible difficulty in her routines.
As a result of Lottie’s continued hard work and dedication to gymnastics, she has been awarded a Sports Aid training grant to help cover some of her training costs. She has also been invited to train with the National GB Squad at Lilleshall Sports Centre for the third time.
Lyn Harte, Gymnastics Coach at Stamford High School, said “Lottie has a phenomenal ability in gymnastics and this coupled with her exemplary work ethic in training has allowed her to achieve excellent results. Her competition routines have been complex and delivered with superb finish and pride. Lottie still finds time outside of her intense training programme with Huntingdon Gymnastics club to enjoy and fully participate in school gymnastics and we look forward to her being part of our successful senior gymnastics squad at Stamford High School this year.”