International gym success

PUBLISHED: 10:00 29 April 2009 | UPDATED: 23:26 15 June 2010

Two groups of gymnasts from Honiton Gym Club reached the finals of a top international competition in Belgium.

Two groups of gymnasts from Honiton Gym Club reached the finals of a top international competition in Belgium, the Flanders International Cup, whilst another group missed out by just one mark. Valentine Tutcher, 11, Jess Kennaway, 13, and Shaylee Moore, 14, who are current south west champions in the girls' trio event - narrowly missed out on a medal. They finished in fourth position after leading the competition final right up until three routines from the end. Sarah Hodkinson, 14, and Lauren Davey, 10, took sixth place in the girls' pairs final. They upped their performance tremendously for their last routine after qualifying for the final in 10th position. Honiton's other girls' trio - Rachel Palfrey, 14, Lauren Forsyth, 14, and Georgia Rooke, 11, - also competed excellently. They narrowly missed out on a place in the final, finishing just one behind the qualification mark. "It was exciting and nerve-wracking at the same time," said Helen Nayler, high performance coach at Honiton Gym Club. "It was both trios' first international competition abroad, and the level of performance was second-to-none. To come away finishing in fourth and sixth place against some of the top performers in Europe is very promising for the future. The Flanders International Cup is one of the highest-regarded international competitions in the acrobatic gymnastics calendar and attracted competitors from Great Britain, Belarus, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Portugal and Italy, many of whom are world and European medallists at junior and senior level."All of the girls train four days per week, for 13 hours, at Honiton Sports Centre. They fit in extra hours where possible and some of the girls also take part in extra fitness training at school before the school day starts.

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