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Gymnastics Team Success at National Finals Competition

Wednesday 15th March 2017

Gymnastics Team Success at National Finals Competition

The Under 13 Mixed and the Under 16 Girls Gymnastics Teams travelled to Stoke on Trent last weekend, to compete in the National Finals of the British Schools Milano Teams Gymnastics Competition.

The Under 13 Mixed Team included Cameron Jenkin, Ashleigh Price and Kaitlyn Standing.

Cameron scored 13.560 on floor, 14.300 on vault

Ashleigh scored 14.160 on floor, 14.700 on vault

Kaitlyn scored 14.330 on floor, 14.600 on vault

With the highest score of 23.350 in the synchronised routine, the team came 2nd.  A fabulous result, which also meant that they are the National Regional Champions with West Buckland School.

The Under 16 Girls Team had very stiff competition from 24 teams across the Country. The team consisted of Shannon Standing, Freya Tatham, Phoebe Jenkin and Maea Morgan. For this competition, only three gymnasts can perform on floor and vault:

Shannon scored 14.100 on floor

Freya scored 14.500 on vault

Phoebe scored 14.266 on floor, 14.850 on vault

Maea scored 14.600 on floor, 14.800 on vault

With a score of 23.550 in the synchronised routine the team came 4th.  A great result, which also meant they are the National Regional Champions with Pilton Community College.

The Chairman of the British Schools Gymnastics Association, Lieutenant Jamie Weller MSc BEng (Hons) GCGI Royal Navy and former student at Helston Community College, wrote a letter of congratulations and said:

"The gymnasts from Helston Community College have done exceptionally well to represent the South West region at the National Finals, and to achieve these placings is an amazing outcome;  I am sure it is a proud moment for you, your staff and all of your pupils at Helston Community College.

I wanted to make you aware that your school also contributed to the South West region being ranked 1st in the Under 13 Mixed and 1st in the Under 16 Girls category overall.

The gymnasts performed extremely well, which is reflective of the hard work and dedication that has resulted in such a successful outcome.  The gymnasts also demonstrated an exceptional level of teamwork, and were inspirational to other teams at the event.

As a former Helston CC student and gymnast, I am delighted to still see the school excel in the sport. I would like to wish you all the best for the future and hope to see your school challenge for a national placing at next year's British Schools Gymnastics competitions.

May I congratulate you and the gymnasts personally, and on behalf of the British Schools Gymnastics Association. Please also pass my congratulations and thanks to the staff who accompanied the gymnasts on the day; their professionalism and commitment to the gymnasts was exceptional."

Special thanks to Ainsti Hickman-Jones (Gymnastics Coach at Penzance Gym), Pat Hickman (Choreography and team coordinating) Penzance Gym Club (Training Facilities), Dave Semmons (Music editing) and Ian for driving the bus.