Pupils take on competitors from Belgium and Holland
The Stamford Endowed Schools’ gymnasts – who fielded four teams (U9, U10, U11 and U15) – were adorned with medals at the Independent Schools National two-piece Championships hosted at Stamford Junior School.
With more than 600 gymnasts taking part from as far afield as Belgium and Holland, the fiercely contested competition which was deemed to be of incredibly high standard, also acted as a qualifying event for the Premier five-piece nationals in March.
The junior teams, who competed on the Saturday, managed to hold their nerve and showed real determination.
The gymnasts were all delighted to have successfully qualified for the nationals and, as a bonus, the Under 9 and Under 10 teams made the podium, receiving bronze medals.
The Under 11 team was highly praised as it is a newly formed team and they only just missed receiving a medal.
Sunday was the turn of the very experienced Under 15 team and they did not disappoint.
They showed poise and confidence, challenging all the way for one of the top spots and securing bronze medals and a podium finish.
A special mention goes to Elysee Mordel and Daisy Fox, who both received individual recognition for their performances, by finishing in third and fifth place respectively.
Trudy Smith, head of gymnastics and teacher at the Stamford Endowed Schools as well as organiser of the recent ISGA Championships at Stamford Junior School, commented: “We are thrilled that the effort and hard work from all our teams has been rewarded with these very well-deserved medals.
“It was a mammoth, yet highly rewarding weekend which I hope will continue to inspire our pupils and encourage them to enjoy their gymnastics.”