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Debut delight for duo on championship bow

Three teams of gymnasts from the Stamford Endowed Schools have reached the national finals of the Schools Floor and Vault Championships.

They swept the medals board at the East Midlands Floor and Vault competition, hosted by Stamford Junior School last weekend.

This competition acts as a qualifying event for the national finals in May where the winning teams from each category progress to represent the East Midlands regions.

The Stamford Endowed Schools entered five teams - Under 11 Girls A, Under 11 Girls B, Under 14 Girls A, Under 14 Girls B and Under 14 Mixed.

Stamford School's Under 14 Mixed squad. (7048544)
Stamford School's Under 14 Mixed squad. (7048544)

The Stamford Under 11 Girls A and B teams dominated their category, finishing first and second respectively.

The A team now goes forward to represent the East Midlands at the national finals for the 16th year running.

The Under 14 Mixed team, having medalled at the nationals last year, pulled out all stops to win their category to secure their place at the national finals also.

Both Under 14 Girls teams competed extremely well against some strong competition with 11 teams in this tough category.

The B team finished seventh and the A team just missed out on a medal to finish in fourth spot.

Head coach of Stamford Endowed Schools gymnastics team, Trudy Smith, said: ‘Congratulations to all SES gymnasts on a great performance on Saturday.

"We are absolutely delighted to have qualified two teams for the nationals in Stoke-on-Trent in May."

Tom Andrews and Ethan Archer. (7048540)
Tom Andrews and Ethan Archer. (7048540)

Stamford School Sixth Form students Thomas Andrews and Ethan Archer were crowned racketlon champions of their respective categories in their debut appearance at the East Midlands Open in Nottingham.

Racketlon is the 'triathlon' of racket sports, comprising table tennis, badminton, squash and tennis, played first to 21 points in each sport.

Tom competed in the D grade event and Ethan in the E grade and they both dominated the squash, only losing 28 points between them in six matches.

The students displayed their brilliant racket skills and fitness levels leading them to victory in their respective categories.

Graduate sports teacher Matilda Parslow commented: "This is a fantastic start for Tom and Ethan in the racketlon world and we hope that they continue to compete in the future and face new challenges as they enter higher categories."

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