Hollington high flyers win glut of medals

Hollington Gymnastics Club won an array of medals at its own annual tumble and acrobatics invitational competition.

Hollington Gymnastics Club's prep and tumble medallists
Hollington Gymnastics Club's prep and tumble medallists

The preparation squad acrobats and club tumblers competed on the first day, and they achieved a fantastic haul of eight gold, four silver and five bronze medals. Most of these gymnasts are very new to competing and for some it was their very first time.

Poppy Sterrick and Phoebe Barham won the shield for the highest score of the competition for their spectacular regional level two acrobatic routine.

Results - Gold: Kieran Clark & Abigail Kromholz (level 1 mixed pair), Poppy Sterrick & Phoebe Barham (level 2 women’s pair), Scarlett Edir & Ellie Hodges (level 3 women’s pair), Maddie Birks (club 2 women’s tumbler 6-8yrs), Lucy Legg (club 2 women’s tumbler 9-10yrs), Sophie Pennington (club 3 women’s tumbler 11-12yrs), Leon Ercegovic (club 3 men's tumbler 11-12yrs), Natalia Luke (club 3 women’s tumbler 13+yrs).

Hollington Gymnastics Club's national and FIG acro and tumble squad medallists.

Silver: Marnie Horan & Lizzy Badrock (level 1 women’s pair), Ross Swatridge (club 2 men's tumbler 9-10yrs), Keira Pearce (club 3 women’s tumbler 9-10yrs), Oliver Jerrey (club 3 men's tumbler 11-12yrs).

Bronze: Chloe Hutton & Taylor Price (level 3 women’s pair), Emmie Hodgeson (club 1 women’s tumbler 6-8yrs), Ela Zefi (club 2 women’s tumbler 13+yrs), Jett Barrett (club 2 men's tumbler 6-8yrs), Freddie Legg (club 3 men's tumbler 11-12yrs).

On day two, the national level tumblers scooped a total of 12 gold medals, nine silver and one bronze.

Results - Gold: Kiah Phillips (nat. 1 13+yrs), Jimmy Symes (nat. 2 11-12 yrs), Tia West (nat. 2 13+yrs), Hannah Foster (nat. 3 8-10 yrs), Jamie Barton (nat. 3 13+ yrs), Ashlyn Cotman (nat. 4 8-10yrs), Holly Weaver (nat. 4 13+yrs), Theo Piercy (nat. 4 8-10yrs), Kai Jerrey (nat. 4 13+yrs), Willow Braisby (FIG 11-12yrs), Rosa Smith (FIG 13-14yrs), Daina Rose (FIG 17-18yrs).

Silver: Neya Corbett (nat. 1 7-10 yrs), Liam Webb (nat. 1 7-10yrs), Spencer Todd (nat. 2 8-10 yrs), Grace Gillett (nat. 2 11-12yrs), Malek Jbali (nat. 2 13+), Kyla West (nat. 4 8-10yrs), Imogen Jarrett (nat. 5 13+yrs), Esme Campbell-Marshall (FIG 13-14yrs), Alfie Weaver (FIG 9-10yrs).

Bronze: Kirsten Wingate (nat. 2 13+yrs).

The acrobats were also in fine form. For most of the partnerships it was only their second competition of the season and they gave a fantastic account of themselves.

The grade two pairs were strong with a gold for the men’s pair of Liam Webb and Blake Baxendale, and an impressive silver in a very large group for women’s pair Malek Jbali and Elsie Crowther.

The medals continued in grade two with the women’s groups as the new trio of Bethany Heys, Hannah Dine and Lucy Legg produced a gold-winning routine.

Leon Ercegovic and Kelsey Durling scooped Hollington's only medal at grade three, a silver, for their mixed pair routine.

It was a 2-3 finish in the grade four women’s groups, with Emilie King, Violet Cuming and Sienna Spice pipping Emily Kennedy, Tia West and Kyla West to silver. Both trios produced some excellent routines.

The day was finished off with more success from the host club’s high level gymnasts, who had to perform two routines.

Erin Wiltshire, Tymika Corbett and Ashlyn Cotman came first in the grade five women’s groups, as did Lydia Ercegovic and Summer Spice in the grade six women’s pairs, and Jocelyn Campbell-Marshall, Charlotte Wynne Pennels and Amy Robertson in the 11-16 women's groups.

A club spokesman said: "A great day of results and the coaches are hugely proud of all their achievements."

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