Lynx gymnasts bring home a bumper medal haul

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Gymnasts from the Aylesbury-based Lynx Gymnastics Club came away from the Channel Islands Championships in Jersey with a whopping 27 medals last weekend.

The youngsters took on fellow gymnasts from clubs all over the UK, with the Level 10 and 9 gymnasts competing on the floor and vault where the scores are combined to produce the final result.

In the Level 10 category, the youngest competitor Angelica Bird (6) topped the pile with her outstanding floor score that resulted in a fully deserved gold medal, while eight-year-old Chloe Harris also bagged a place on the podium by winning silver.

Lynx then dominated the podium in the 10-year-old age group with Bonita Bird first, Kayleigh Garbutt second and Jasmine Strange third, before Wendover’s William Tomlins won silver for the boys with an excellent final score of 21.20.

The Level 9 section saw fellow nine-year-old Lacey Frogley pick up a bronze medal, and Lynx enjoyed another clean sweep in the 11-13 category as Pollyanna Doyle led the way from team-mates Tia Johns and Amarnie Gould.

Michael Baker, competing in his first ever competition in the Level 9, 11-13 category, then continued the medal rush with a second place.

In the Level 6, 7 and 8 competitions, Lynx competed in the floor, vault, beam and bars, and seven-year-old Isabella Bradford from Thame had an outstanding event, producing a gold medal-winning routine on the beam before claiming silver on the bars. She then went onto finish sixth on the floor and vault combined.

Amelie Avery-Hughes and Evie Gibson were in excellent form in the Level 7, 9-10yrs section of the UKG structure.

Avery-Hughes placed fourth on the floor and vault combined and the beam before narrowly missing out on a medal for the bars, while Gibson won a silver on the bars and a bronze on the beam.

Daisy Kensett, in the 11-12 category, claimed triple bronze with team-mate Elizabeth Routledge just missing out on a floor and vault medal.

Stephanie Tomlins took part in the 13-15 section but unfortunately had to withdraw midway through the competition due to an ongoing injury. Despite this, Tomlins managed to claim fifth on the bars and sixth on the vault.

In Level 6, 12-13yrs, Isabel Avery-Hughes and Lucy Hodges stood together on the podium, with Hodges first for bars and floor and vault combined, and Avery-Hughes second.

Roles were then reversed for the beam competition as Avery-Hughes took the gold and Hodges the silver.

Finally, Chloe Foster blew away the field in the 14-17 age group when she won triple gold despite being the youngest competitor in the category.

Aimee Gibson, who is head of the UKG competition squad and organised for the Lynx competitors to attend the competition, has been coaching the youngsters back at their home club in Aylesbury.

Speaking afterwards, she said: “The gymnasts were all so excited about their competition in Jersey and the plane journey to the small island.

“The gymnasts were accompanied by their parents who also had a fantastic time. All the gymnasts performed brilliantly and the medals just kept coming, proving that hard work and dedication by all produces great results.

“Gymnasts competed from across the UK so many were against a lot of other gymnasts, but their hard work certainly paid off this weekend.

“The hard work now continues with new moves for the next season of competitions.”