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Honiton's Young South West Champions
Three novice acrobatic partnerships win gold medals at regional championships
Three young partnerships from Honiton Gymnastics Club were named south
west champions and one more took a bronze medal at last weekend's South
West Novice Acrobatic Gymnastics Championships.
The results, which confirmed Honiton's junior gymnasts as among the best
in the region, were a fitting end to the acrobatic gymnastics season,
which began in February with a similar haul of medals.
Medal-winning performances came in a variety of disciplines. Erin
Blackmore and Shelley Quick earned the highest scores of the whole
competition to take the grade 1 girls' pair title -- ahead of 20 other
partnerships from around the south west -- while other successes included:
* Thomas Merrick and Georgina Craig -- Prep A mixed pair - gold
* Emma Saunders, Katie Studley & Chloe-Mae Outram -- grade 1
girls' trio -- gold
* Jade Zarczynski, Felicity Marx & Skye Symons -- grade 1 girls'
trio - bronze
Many other youngsters from the club also put in excellent performances,
with 25 gymnasts taking part from the club.
Helen Reddy, head high performance coach at Honiton Gymnastics Club,
said: "This is a great finish to the acrobatic gymnastics season for our
youngsters and a great indication of how much potential we have within
the club. Erin and Shelley just missed out on the medals early in the
year, so it was great for them to up their performance and finish third.
"It was a superb performance by Emma, Katie, and Chloe-Mae too, while
Thomas and Georgina did excellently in their first regional competition."
Next weekend Honiton's older gymnasts compete in their south west
championships at Well Springs Leisure Centre in Taunton.
With the popularity of acrobatic gymnastics growing in Honiton, the club
is running an increased number of sessions on Mondays, Wednesday, Friday
and Saturdays, and welcomes girls and boys of any age to come along to
sessions at Honiton Leisure Centre and try out this exciting sport. To
find out more call Helen Reddy on 07825 181693, email
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