Young Aylesbury duo in top form at the UK Championships

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Aylesbury Gymnastics Academy have been celebrating the success of two of their young gymnasts at the South Regional Compulsory Elite Championships held in Milton Keynes earlier this month.

The championships are held for gymnasts who wish to go down the elite pathway and follow the national in age structure under the national governing body British Gymnastics.

Seven-year-old Lilli Clo Thorp-Richens had a superb weekend and took overall gold in Compulsory 5 with the highest score of the day (62.05), which meant she passed her competition with a distinction. Lilli Clo is only eligible for regional competitions this year but will be able to compete nationally when she turns nine.

Paige Carder, aged nine, alsoproduced a solid all-round performance in Compulsory 4 which saw her pass the grade and finish second with a brilliant score of 59.4. This means Paige has now qualified for the British Compulsory Championships later this month. Paige will be representing the south region at these championships, which hosts the strongest gymnasts of her age in the country.

Lilli Clo and Paige are coached by performance coach Joshua Richardson, who was full of praise for the duo after the competition. He said: ‘’I am delighted with the girls’ performances over the weekend.

“One regional champion and one qualified for the national finals, our gymnastics shone and the results are very pleasing.”

Molly Richardson, who also helps to coach the girls, added: ‘’I am extremely pleased with the girls’ performances and results this weekend and the future is looking bright .”

Aylesbury Gymnastics Academy are a performance squad based at the Lynx Gymnastics Club in Aylesbury.