Lottie is years ahead

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STAMFORD Junior School pupil Lottie Smith has been invited to a Great Britain training session after being crowned Girls’ Independent Schools Gymnastics Association (GISGA) U11 Champion 2012.

Lottie, who is still only 11, competed in the English Championships in the Espoir age group (U14s) as one of the youngest competitors at the event and finished an impressive 18th out of 36.

National coaches were watching and she has now been invited to take part in the next GB training session.

FOUR teams of gymnasts from the junior school and Stamford High School recently competed in a GISGA competition at Kent College, Pembury. The U11 team were particularly outstanding, posting great team scores on all pieces of apparatus, and finished in fourth place, securing medals and a silver salver.

Lottie was crowned GISGA U11 Champion with the highest score recorded in many years - 39.55 out of 40.

Special commendation also goes to Year 13 pupil Gaby Bangay, who competed in the U19 team after three years out of gymnastics and only two preparation sessions. She finished in eighth place.

Gymnastics coach Trudy Smith said “All of the SES gymnasts were a credit to the school, with everyone enjoying the opportunity to compete at such an prestigious event and giving of their absolute best.”