National trio champions Valentine Tutcher, Shaylee Moore, and Jes Kennaway, brought back a silver medal in the 11-16 age group, closely followed by Rachel Palfrey, Lauren Forsyth and Georgia Rooke who finished in fourth position. Both groups performed double somersaults in competition for the first time.
In the 11-16 girls' pair event, Lauren Davey and Sarah Hodkinson took the bronze medal, finishing with 27.60 out of 30 - their highest ever score in competition.
Other Honiton gymnasts that performed at the competition showing great promise for the future included grade 1 girls' pair Megan Moore and Charlotte Beviss, and Becky Matthews and Sharol Mackenzie, both of whom scored over 25 out of 30 - a great result as both partnerships were competing together for the first time. In addition, Danni Curley and Rosie Lyus competed well in the grade 2 girls' pair event, but a couple of uncharacteristic errors meant that they did not make the podium.
Helen Nayler, high performance coach at Honiton Gym Club, said: "Spelthorne is the UK's number one acrobatic gymnastics club, boasting a host of world and European medallists, so it was an honour for us to be invited to compete in their invitational competition. Our gymnasts performed excellently and we're exceptionally proud of them - particularly Buster and Ashley who wholeheartedly deserved their victory.
"We're seeing and increasing number of boys join the gym club, as they're particularly interested in getting stronger, learning acrobatic skills, and discovering the basics of tumbling, so hopefully there'll be more success stories in the near future "
Any boys or girls that would like to find out more about acrobatic gymnastics at Honiton Gymnastics Club can contactwww.honitongymclub.org.
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