Lynx gymnasts enjoy their first taste of competition at UK Championships

Lynx's level 10 gymnasts Tobey Lack, Sam Mitchell-Farmer, Jack Redwood, William Tomlins, Bonita Bird, Erin Price, Kayleigh Garbutt, Jessica Lyn, Ezme Court, Connie Strawbridge, Jasmine Tyda-Wright, Isabella Richards, Meggy Parsons, Sky Hazel, Shreya Iyengar, Jasmine Strange, Chloe Harris, Akshaya Nambiar, Angelica Bird and Freya Dodd

Lynx's level 10 gymnasts Tobey Lack, Sam Mitchell-Farmer, Jack Redwood, William Tomlins, Bonita Bird, Erin Price, Kayleigh Garbutt, Jessica Lyn, Ezme Court, Connie Strawbridge, Jasmine Tyda-Wright, Isabella Richards, Meggy Parsons, Sky Hazel, Shreya Iyengar, Jasmine Strange, Chloe Harris, Akshaya Nambiar, Angelica Bird and Freya Dodd

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The National UK Gymnastics Championships were held in Milton Keynes last week with gymnasts from all over the UK joining together to compete.

Head coach of the Lynx UKG team in Aylesbury, Aimee Gibson, took 30 Lynx gymnasts to the level 10 and nine competition. The gymnasts competed on the floor and vault only in their first ever competition.

Lacey Frogley, Pollyanna Doyle, Amarnie Gould, Lucia Sammons, Lily Read, Imogen Cary, Tia Johns, Luis Moore and Aston Martin all competed in the level nine competition  at the UK Gymnastics Championships in Milton Keynes

Lacey Frogley, Pollyanna Doyle, Amarnie Gould, Lucia Sammons, Lily Read, Imogen Cary, Tia Johns, Luis Moore and Aston Martin all competed in the level nine competition at the UK Gymnastics Championships in Milton Keynes

Two of the Lynx gymnasts in the level 10, 7-8yrs category gained a medal each with Sam Mitchell-Farmer winning gold and Tobey Lack silver.

Jack Redwood impressed the judges with his dynamic vault as he claimed a bronze medal, with team-mate William Tomlins finishing in sixth place (level 10, 9-10yrs).

There was stiff competition in the 10-year-old girls group with Bonita Bird leading the way for Lynx in seventh, followed by Erin Price (eighth), Kayleigh Garbutt (ninth), Jessica Lyn (10th), Ezme Court (12th), Connie Strawbridge (13th), Jasmine Tyda-Wright (14th) and Isabella Richards (15th).

In the age nine category, Meggy Parsons narrowly missed out on the podium in fourth ahead of Sky Hazel in seventh, Shreya Iyengar 10th and Jasmine Strange 12th.

Chloe Harris came away in seventh place with team-mate Akshaya Nambiar eighth in the age eight category.

In the seven-year-old category, the youngest age group, Angelica Bird managed an impressive seventh, just pipped by fellow Lynx gymnast Freya Dodd, who claimed sixth.

The next round of the day saw level nine gymnasts competing. First up, Lacey Frogley managed a 10th place finish in the age nine category.

In the age 11 group, Lynx dominated the podium with Pollyanna Doyle in first place, Amarnie Gould second and Lucia Sammons third. Lily Read wasn’t far behind in fifth with Imogen Cary eighth.

Tia Johns bagged a bronze medal in the girls 12-13 age group, while the boys age 12-13 year-olds were in top form as Luis Moore proudly stood on top of the podium with his gold medal next to team-mate Aston Martin, who took silver, although fellow Lynx gymnast Michael Baker unfortunately had to withdraw due to injury.

Aimee Gibson said afterwards: “It was fantastic seeing all the Lynx gymnasts lined up on the day ready to compete.

“Despite it being their first competition, they looked like a pro standing with such poise and presentation. They have all worked extremely hard.

“It was a tough day as many of the other clubs gymnasts have all competed before and many of the gymnasts competed against a lot people.

“The gymnasts were all so proud to be showing their elements, it was great to see. Many of the Lynx gymnasts performed so well on vault, the judges were deducting minimal points and praised the gymnasts for their spectacular performances.”