15th October 2018
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Impressive performances from young gymnasts

Shetland Gymnastics Club held its annual championships at the Scalloway School gym hall on Sunday with 68 members of the club participating.

Each gymnast performed a routine consisting of eight floor skills plus two vaults, as per Scottish Gymnastics competition rules for floor and vault competitions. All performed well with medals won for individual vault and floor scores as well as an overall score plus team scores.

In the age seven boys category Josh Johnson won gold on floor, vault and overall.

In the age eight boys group Reece Black came first on vault, floor and overall, James Masson second on vault, third on floor and second overall and Connor Sinclair third on vault, second on floor and third overall.

In the age nine boys Zak Carroll came first on vault, followed by David Williamson second and Joseph Briggs third. On floor David Williamson finished first, then Zak second and Joseph third. This placed David first overall, Zak second and Joseph third.

  	   Olivia Inkster performing a bridge as part of her floor routine during the age 7 girls competition in last Sunday's Shetland Gymnastics Club Annual Competition at the Scalloway Games Hall. Photo: Kevin Jones


Olivia Inkster performing a bridge as part of her floor routine during the age 7 girls competition in last Sunday’s Shetland Gymnastics Club Annual Competition at the Scalloway Games Hall. Photo: Kevin Jones

Next came the age 10 boys and the vault was won by Wayne Leask, followed in joint second place by Stephen Leask and Joe Sales-Leslie, then Ben Kay in bronze position. The floor was also won by Wayne Leask, followed by Stephen second and Joe third. This meant Wayne finished with gold overall, Stephen silver and Joe bronze.

Ronan Grant won gold on floor, vault and overall in the age 11 boys category and Magnus Williamson in the age 12+ category won gold in floor, vault and overall.

Moving on to the girls, in the age seven group first place on vault went to Sadie Fox, second to Eva Smith and third to Tegan Hendren. The floor first place went to Eva Smith, followed by Freyja Tait and Jess Fraser second and then Tegan Hendren.

Overall the highest combined score meant Eva Smith finished first, Jess Fraser second and Freyja Tait third.

In the team competition Team C, consisting of Ruth Anderson, Merin Smith, Eva Smith, Molly Fraser and Jess Fraser, won gold with a score of 60.05. Silver went to Team A (Jessica Halcrow, Jemima Budge, Sadie Fox and Tegan Hendren) with 58.70 while bronze was won by Team B (Freyja Tait, Olivia Inkster, Cameron Johnston and Ayla Leask) with 57.15.

Next was the age eight girls with vault first place going to Lily Rendall, second to Freya Masson and third to Charlotte Holmes. The floor first place was won by Lily Rendall, second Freya Masson and third Alanna Leask. This meant that overall first place went to Lily Rendall, second Freya Masson and third Alanna Leask.

Team C (Charlotte Holmes, Heather MacDonald, Lily Rendall and Katie Williams) won the gold medal with a score of 63.80. Second were Team B (Amy Hunter, Alanna Leask and Courtney Young) with 62.25 and third was Team A (Ruby Adamson, Martha Brown and Freya Masson) with 57.10.

Moving on to the age nine girls, vault first place went to Ellie Bisset, second Kirstin Grant and Lily Roberts and third Rhiannon Taylor. The floor first place went to Maddie Smith, second Kirstin Grant and third Lily Roberts. Overall highest combined scores meant first place was won by Maddie Smith, second Kirstin Grant and third Ellie Bisset.

The first team was Team A (Ellie Bisset, Kirstin Grant, Eva Jamieson and Rhiannon Taylor) with 71.10. Team B (Lucy Kerr, Sonja Kurtz, Lily Roberts and Maddie Smith) came second with 71.05.

In the age 10 group the vault gold went to Aimee Smith, second place to May Young, and joint third were Christy Henderson and Katie Dinwoodie. First on floor was won by both Christy Henderson and May Young, second Aimee Smith and third Katie Dinwoodie.

With combined overall scores first were both May Young and Christy Henderson, second Aimee Smith and third Katie Dinwoodie.

In the age 10 team competition Team A (Emily Black, May Young and Christy Henderson) finished first with 70.20 while Team B (Aimee Smith, Eda Leask and Katie Dinwoodie) were second with 64.90.

In the age 11 girls group Arwen Grieve finished in first on floor, vault and overall. Abbie Galbraith was second on floor, vault and overall, Alisha Taylor third on vault and third overall and Isabel Beswick in third place on floor.

The age 12+ group competed last with Hannah Robertson winning gold on vault, silver on floor and gold overall. Evie Craigie won silver on vault, gold on floor and silver overall. Emily Briggs won bronze on vault and Rona Learmonth won bronze on floor and bronze overall.

Christy Henderson performs a difficult straddle lever as part of her age 10 girls floor routine. Photo: Kevin Jones

Christy Henderson performs a difficult straddle lever as part of her age 10 girls floor routine. Photo: Kevin Jones

The last group was the 12+ intermediate group where Sophie Grant won gold on vault, bronze on floor and bronze overall. Ami Maddison won silver on vault, gold on floor and gold overall and Vikky Morrison won bronze on vault, silver on floor and silver overall.

A spokeswoman said: “The club would like to thank everyone who helped in the run-up to the competition, on the actual day with judging, paperwork, setting up and dismantling equipment and looking after gymnasts. It was another successful competition.”

Medals and trophies will be presented to all the winners at the presentation night on 4th January.

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