On Sunday 11th October, eight girls from Baskervilles took part in the South West Voluntary age groups competition in Melksham. Five of the girls gained a place in the ‘South West Squad’, and two have qualified to represent the South West in the National Finals in November. The competition was split into Levels according to age.
Baskervilles’ youngest competitors – 8-year-old Anya Green and 7-year-old Fern Hughes competed in the Level 5 category. The competition saw them compete on all four pieces of apparatus, and perform two different somersaults on floor. At this age, competition experience is key for the girls, to prepare them for higher level competitions in the future.
11-year-old Kiera Williams competed in the Level 2 category. Competition was tight for Kiera, with each of her competitors performing to an extremely high standard. After performing an elegant routine containing her most difficult moves, she bagged herself the bronze medal.
9-year-old Isobel Martin had an excellent competition, which saw her compete giant swings and somersaults on the bars as well as twisting somersaults on the floor. Thanks to her performance, Isobel earned herself a place in the ‘South West Squad’.
Baskervilles’ senior gymnasts, 14-year-old Edie Gudmunsen and 15-year-old Bree Warren, competed in the ‘Challenge Cup’. With both girls performing the most skilled routines of the day, the competition wasn’t easy. Bree managed to earn herself gold medal on vault and silver medal on floor, putting her in bronze medal position overall.
Finally, 9-year-olds Rosa Pawlyn and Willow Hughes competed in the Level 4 category. The girls were competing for a chance to represent the South West in a National competition. Both girls had an excellent day, with no falls on beam and beautifully executed floor routines. Rosa earned herself 1st place on floor and 3rd place on vault, with Willow following closely behind. Overall, Rosa came in 3rd place and Willow in 4th. The girls have both qualified to compete for the South West at the National Finals competition in November.
Baskervilles now has five gymnasts in the South West Squad and two girls, who will be Baskervilles’ youngest girls ever to do so, taking part in the National Finals. Coaches Emma Baskerville and Fran Ince are ecstatic with all the girls’ results and are now preparing for their next competitions in November.