Aylesbury gymnasts win 10 medals at European Championships

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Seven of Aylesbury’s most talented gymnasts based at Lynx Gymnastics Club travelled to Lincolnshire to compete against hundreds of other youngsters at the European Championships.

The Lynx girls, up against gymnastics from within their own age groups, had a fantastic competition and came away with a staggering 10 medals between them.

The competition was set on five pieces of apparatus, which were the tumble, trampette, beam, bars and vault.

Each gymnast performed a strict set of skills to determine the overall age group European champion for 2014 on that piece of apparatus.

In the youngest age group, eight-year-olds Amelie Avery-Hughes and Evie Gibson competed against 75 other gymnasts. The duo each produced outstanding elements on the apparatus with Avery-Hughes topping the podium and taking gold for trampette with Gibson finishing fourth.

Nine-year-old Elizabeth Routledge had it tough as she faced the largest number of competitors in her age group, but she performed several new elements and enjoyed a well-balanced competition.

Daisy Kensett, competing in the 10-year-old category, wowed the judges with her well-executed front somersault routine on the trampette, resulting in a first place in the podium, despite a recent ankle injury which kept her from full training for several weeks prior to the championships.

Lucy Hodges (11), who attends the Grange School in Aylesbury, came away with two bronze medals and a gold.

Up against more than 80 competitors, Hodges produced an immaculate bar routine that placed her first, while her dynamic round off flick tuck back somersault put her third for the tumble apparatus before powering to another third on the vaulting table.

In the 13-year-old category, Stephanie Tomlins claimed the fourth place medal on the tumble. Despite this being one of her least favourite apparatus, she gave it her all and proved that determination can earn you success.

Tomlins’ team-mate Chloe Foster from Aylesbury stormed to a superb three gold medals on the tumble, beam and bars. Foster, determined to stick her beam routine to gain the most marks, completed an error-free routine. With a tidy tumble run and elegant bar routine, Foster proudly stood on the podium with her three gold medals.

The girls’ coach Aimee Gibson said: “This was a new competition for us, we have never gone European before so we were unsure what to expect. The girls are used to the standard four piece gymnastic routine competitions, so this put them out of their comfort zone.

“The girls did fantastic, as usual just taking it in their stride enjoying the moment. They were just happy and proud of themselves to be at a European competition! The girls weren’t sure how they did so it was a surprise when their names were called to present them with their medals.”

The gymnasts are now working on new elements for competitions in 2015, which will take them to the Nationals at Milton Keynes in March and then on to Jersey in April.