Gymnasts Crowned ‘GymStars Champions’ in Malta
Baskervilles School of Gymnastics took 15 gymnasts aged 7-15 years to an International Competition held at GymStars Gymnastics Club in Malta last weekend.
The competition, which has been hosted on the Mediterranean Island for the past 17 years, was an across-the-board success for our gymnasts. The girls performed in individual age groups and their scores were combined to produce overall team results.
In first competition, 15-year-old Bree Warren, 14-year-old Edie Gudmunsen, 10-year-old Kiera Williams, and 9-year-olds Isobel Martin and Rosa Pawlyn, competed. As Baskervilles’ highest level gymnasts, they were up against some tough competition.
In the 13-15 age category, Warren bagged herself gold on floor, while Gudmunsen managed to take bronze medal on vault. In the age 10-12 competition, Martin scored an impressive 11.15 on floor, while Williams just crept ahead with 11.90, earning her the silver medal. Finally, in the youngest age category, 7-9 years, Pawlyn had a consistent competition earning a silver medal on each piece of apparatus and 2nd place position overall.
As a team, the Elite Girls’ lack of falls and minimal deductions meant their overall score of 135.36 crowned them the ‘Team C International GymStars 2015 Champions’ – a fantastic team result.
On the second day of the competition, two teams from Baskervilles competed. With younger and less experienced gymnasts competing, the girls had a tough competition ahead of them.
The first team was comprised of 9-year-old Niamh Jenkins, 8-year-olds Willow Hughes and Anya Green, and 7-year-olds Fern Hughes and Eloise Horton. On the second team were 10-year-olds Elsie Bruton and Nancy Morris, 9-year-olds Esme Mathias and Phoebe Prichard, and 8-year-old Camille Gillett.
The girls performed consistently on all four pieces of apparatus and managed to gain some individual medals. The girls from Baskervilles’ second team fought extremely closely on vault, but it was Gillett who took the bronze medal and Mathias who snatched the gold. The eldest of the two sisters in their round, Willow Hughes managed to shine on floor and win a bronze medal. Beam queen Bruton managed a routine with no falls and placed a respectable 8th.
Overall, it was Baskervilles’ youngest competitor Fern Hughes who scored the highest in the 7-9 category, in 10th place. Jenkins was the highest scorer in the 10-12 age category, placing and impressive 18thof a massive 46 competitors.
All the girls who took part in the competition performed excellently. Coaches Emma Baskerville and Fran Ince, who accompanied the girls on the trip, were extremely pleased with their results and with how well the girls performed overseas.
The gymnasts are now preparing for their next competition after the summer, where they are keen to keep up the good work!