National success for Honiton Gym Club gymnasts

PUBLISHED: 10:00 04 June 2008 | UPDATED: 21:54 15 June 2010

Gymnasts from Honiton Gymnastics Club have returned from two successive British Championship finals with a host of medals.

Gymnasts from Honiton Gymnastics Club have returned from two successive British Championship finals with a host of medals.Ten-year-old Adam Fullick and nine-year-old Ashley Wallis took the bronze medal in the boys' pairs novice section of the national acrobatics championships in Southampton, in only their second competition together. They were selected to compete for the south west region after winning their regional heat in April.Competing alongside them in the national finals, but in the girls' pairs section, were Cerys Mack and Jessica Iley, who also won gold in their discipline in the south west heats. Cerys and Jessica performed an excellent routine, but narrowly missed out on a medal position.Last weekend's success follows on the back of a tremendous run of success for Honiton gymnasts, who, only two weeks earlier, returned from the finals of the British Schools Gymnastics Championships in Stoke on Trent, Staffordshire, with silver medals in the under-19 acrobatic group competition and bronze medals in the under-19 girls' pairs competition. All of the girls were competing for their school, The Kings School, in Ottery St Mary.Performing in the girls' under-19 acrobatic group were Rachel Palfrey, Jessica Kennaway, Jessica Iley, Claudia Harris, Stephanie Harris and Faye Miles. They took the silver medal, beating off competition from schools across the UK, narrowly missing out on gold by just 0.3 of a mark.Jessica Kennaway and Rachel Palfrey also competed in the girls' under-13 pairs competition, taking the bronze medal against stiff competition.All of the gymnasts practice at Honiton Gymnastics Club, training an average of 13 hours per week. Head coach Helen Nayler said: "It's been an excellent few weeks for the club, and all of our gymnasts have competed exceptionally. It was a outstanding achievement to win the south west heats, but to compete well and take medals at the national finals is an even greater reward for all of their hard work. This is just the early stages for many of them though, and with a lot more hard work and determination we are confident that they can achieve success at higher levels nationally, and then hopefully on the international stage too."In both the group and pairs routines the gymnasts performed choreographed gymnastic routines to music, including acrobatic balances and tumbling elements. All of the gymnasts will be competing at the South West Acrobatic Championships in Bristol in July, and the club's elite gymnasts will be competing at an international competition in Germany later in the year.Acrobatic gymnastics training sessions take place at Honiton Gymnastics Club, which is based at Honiton Leisure Centre, four times per week (Monday, Wednesday and Friday evenings, and Saturday mornings). The club caters for novices, intermediates and elite gymnasts. Anyone interested in learning acrobatics gymnastics should contact Helen Nayler on 07825 181693/ for further information, or pick up further details from Honiton Leisure Centre.

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