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Gymnasts Compete in National Championships

Bella and Rachel gymnasts championshipsStamford Junior School under 9s gymnastics team competed in their first National GISGA Premier 5 piece Championships which were held at The Blue Coat School in Birmingham.

The team had made real improvements in training in the run up to this prestigious event and they surpassed all expectations by finishing in a very creditable 9th place. They had worked particularly hard on their Group Routine and achieved 7th place in that aspect of the competition, missing a medal by 0.1. The team were delighted with their performances and were helped on the day by SHS pupil and England Gymnastics Squad member, Lottie Smith, which they thoroughly enjoyed.

At the same venue, the U10 and U11 teams competed in the National GISGA 2 piece competition in order to qualify for their Premier Championships in March. The Under 10 team worked with real determination to finish in 6th place, earning medals and a place in the Premier Championships. The Under 11 team, once again showed their talent following on from their success at the recent IAPS Nationals, to finish in an amazing 2nd place and also qualify for the main championships.

An individual mention must go to Nicole Doody-Velasquez who finished 10th in the U9 Championships and to Rachel Harte who finished 5th in the U11 2-piece. However, the day belonged to Isabella Plant who was crowned U11 National 2 – piece Champion. This marked the end to a very successful and busy term for her and the teams.