Twelve Uckfield gymnasts to represent Sussex

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Twelve Uckfield gymnasts have been selected to represent Sussex.

At a the Regional Grade Competition, the gymnasts upheld the Uckfield Gymnastic Club’s high quality of work to gain tremendous results. The Club used this competition to try out some new skills the gymnasts have been working on and most of the gymnasts were able to compete without major errors.

Head coach Janice Binder said: “Not only is it an achievement in itself to represent Sussex, but to come away with so many medals just shows that dedication and hard work pays off.”

Successful competitors were as follows: At Level 5: Anastacia Georgiou, first overall and first in Sussex. Lucy Gunn, second overall and second in Sussex. Lily Harman, sixth overall and fifth in Sussex. Skyla Eldridge, seventh overall and fourth in Sussex. Alice Read, 11th overall and sixth in Sussex

At Level 4: Sofia Davis, first overall and first in Sussex. Megan Hassall, second overall and second in Sussex. Eleanor McCarthy, fifth overall and third in Sussex. Ria Sanderson, sixth overall and fourth in Sussex. At Level 3: Parris Bryan, first overall and first in Sussex. Espoir Challenge: Georgie Moors, third overall and first in Sussex. Abigail Brooker, fourth overall and second in Sussex.

Janice congratulated the gymnasts, coaches and parents for the work they had done to prepare for yet another great competition. She went on: “Also I would like to wish on behalf of everyone at the club the best of luck to Abigail Brooker and Georgie Moors at the British Espoir Challenge championships at the end of June.”

With 30 years of experience, Uckfield Gymnastics Club aims to offer the most comprehensive service for gymnastics in the South East. It caters for children from walking age upwards, starting with a Gym-Tots programme for the under threes, through to the international competition level training where specialist facilities and coaching expertise are offered.

In January 2007 the Club received accreditation of the GYM-MARK and has been successfully re-assessed annually since. This is an assurance of quality testing by British Gymnastics on the behalf of Sport England and gives parents and gymnasts the reassurance that the club is nationally recognised as safe, effective and child friendly.

The Club meets at centre on Batts Bridge Road, Maresfield where specialised equipment includes a continental 12m by 12m sprung floor with two 24m sprung tumble tracks, seven beams, three sets of asymmetric bars, two table top vaults, each with a 25m run up, a trampoline set into the floor and two below ground foam filled training pits - all essential for producing champions - as well as the climbing and play equipment.

The club was registered on December 1, 1982. It went from strength to strength until finally Uckfield Leisure Centre was unable to give members any more training time. Wealden District Council then offered them the lease of a former army training camp building at Maresfield, and after extensive work by the dedicated parents the club moved in on September 1, 1989 under direction of head coach Janice Binder (nee Till) a former gymnast for Great Britain.

In 1996 the Club was successful in obtaining a lottery grant of £42,000 plus an extra £7,000 from the Town Council . Extensive fundraising by members and friends made the sum up to the £70,000 that was needed to enable it to extend the building. The work undertaken finally established it as one of the top venues in the South East, thus making it the success it is today.