No let up from Lynx gymnasts as medal tally grows

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The final round of the UK Gymnastics Spring National Championships was held in Milton Keynes at the end of last monthas Lynx entered 19 of their gymnasts into the Level 10 and 9 competition.

It was a fruitful day for the Aylesbury-based club who came away with an impressive haul of 20 medals.

At Level 10, Freya Dodd (8) achieved seventh on floor, fifth on vault and sixth on beam while Akshaya Nambiar (9) matched her club-mate by also taking seventh on floor, alongside sixth on vault and seventh on bars.

In the 10 year age group, Ezme Court impressed the judges throughout and proudly stood on the podium on three separate occasions; winning silver for her floor routine, taking the bronze on the bars and then winning another silver on the beam, to go with seventh for her handspring flatback on the vault.

Kayleigh Garbutt and Isabella Richards competed in the same age group, Garbutt just missed out on a medal when finishing fourth on the floor, vault and bars by 0.10.

She was, however, rewarded for her efforts with gold for her no fall beam routine.

Richards secured a bronze medal for vault along with sixth (floor), seventh (bars) and fifth (beam).

The boys category saw Sam Mitchell-Farmer grab gold for parallel bars while Tobey Lack scooped bronze.

The boys came fourth (Mitchell-Farmer) and sixth (Lack) on vault. Mitchell-Farmer also scored a 10.70 which put him seventh on floor and fourth on high bars.

Lack swung his way to sixth place on the high bar and a ninth on the floor.

Level 9 yielded two gold medals for 12-year-old Lucia Sammons who won both bars and vault with Imogen Cary in fifth and second.

The pair were both placed fourth on beam, just 0.30 away from a medal, along with a ninth (Sammons) and 10th (Cary) on the floor.

The 11-year-olds saw Bonita Bird, Jessica Lyn, Jasmine Strange and Erin Price in action for Lynx.

The girls topped the podium a Lynx one-two-three on bars as Bird won gold, Lyn the silver and Price bronze.

Lyn was on song throughout as she also grabbed gold for beam and vault and sixth place on floor. Bird added to the medal tally with a bronze on vault, plus sixth for beam and seventh on floor.

Strange and Price finished up fourth and 10th for beam, ninth and sixth on vault, and ninth and 15th for floor.

The 10-year-olds were involved in the most competitive age group as they went up against 30 other gymnasts.

Lynx quartet Meggy Parsons, Jasmine Tyda-Wright, Sky Hazel and Shreya Iyengar competed well on floor, finishing sixth (Parsons), eighth (Hazel), 16th (Tyda-Wright) and 18th (Iyengar).

On vault, the girls were sixth (Hazel), joint seventh (Parsons and Iyengar) and 13th (Tyda-Wright), while Parsons won silver on the beam ahead of Hazel and Iyengar who were joint fifth with Tyda-Wright 12th. Parsons and Iyengar also came eighth and seventh for bars.

Nine-year-old Chloe Harris was 13th on floor, fourth for vault, ninth on bars and sixth on beam.

Luis Moore competed at Level 9 against several other male gymnasts. Moore grabbed the gold for vault and a double bronze for floor and high bar, although he just missed out on a medal on the bars when finishing fourth.

The gymnasts are coached at their base in Aylesbury by Aimee Baines, who said: “This was the last round for the Spring National Championships, and all the gymnasts from Lynx have worked hard and achieved a lot.

“They will now take a short break from competition working towards group routines for displays, and for some learning new elements ready to compete again in the autumn.”