Squad girls from Baskervilles Gymnastics Club took part in the third and final West Country League Competition of the year over the weekend of the 26th and 27th November 2016, winning two team gold medals and three silvers. The competition, which was hosted by Wiltshire School of Gymnastics in Melksham, saw gymnasts from the area compete against each other on behalf of their clubs, with four teams representing Baskervilles. Teams were awarded for their performance on the day, as well as for their overall performance in each of this year’s West Country League Competitions. The event saw stiff competition for Baskervilles’ gymnasts, with 24 gymnastic clubs taking part.
On Saturday 26th November, the A League Division 3 and Premiership A League teams from Baskervilles competed, taking 2nd place and 4th place respectively, with the A League Division 3 team awarded overall West Country League gold.
In Baskervilles’ A League Division 3 team were 10-year-olds Olivia Underwood, Isobel Dixon and Phoebe Pritchard, 9-year-olds Isabella Mori and Molly Hibbert-Davies, and 8-year-old Amelie Rushforth. Overall, the team bagged the silver medal overall, coming 1st on vault, and winning the gold medal for their overall performance over the year. Individually, the girls also had some great results. Pritchard picked up 1st place on vault, with a score of 12.18, and 2nd place on floor. Underwood came 1st on beam with a score of 11.27, whilst Rushforth took 3rd place on asymmetric bars. Overall, Dixon took 2nd place with a score of 45.40.
Competing in the Premiership A League team from Baskervilles were 9-year-old Anya Green, 8-year-old Annabelle Moss, 7-year-olds Tahlia Wyatt and Gracie Hurd, and 6-year-old Evie Wilkins. For Wilkins, this was her first ever four-piece competition. The team from Baskervilles came 4th overall, taking 2nd place on beam – a brilliant result for the youngest team taking part in the entire West Country League competition. Individually, Green took 2nd place on asymmetric bars with a score of 12.14, coming in 3rd place overall, with a score of 46.20.
On Sunday 27th November, Baskervilles’ B League Division 3 and C League Division 1 teams competed, winning gold and silver medals respectively, with overall silver medals for their year’s performances.
In the B League Division 3 team were 15-year-old Edie Gudmunsen, 14-year-old Elisabeth Osborn, 13-year-olds Pearl Fray, Jasmine Andrews and Ruby Millard, and 10-year-old Camille Gillett. The team had a successful competition, winning the overall gold medal, also coming 1st on vault and beam, and winning silver for their performance over the past year. Individually, Andrews came 1st on vault, scoring 12.60, and 2nd overall, in what was her final ever gymnastic competition. Gudmunsen came 2nd on vault, with Osborn 2nd on asymmetric bars. Millard came 1st on beam, with a score of 12.87.
The C League Division 1 team comprised of 16-year-old Bree Warren, 12-year-old Kiera Williams, 11-year-old Isobel Martin, and 10-year-olds Rosa Pawlyn and Esme Mathias. The team from Baskervilles won the overall silver medal, coming 1st on bars, as well as taking silver for their performance over the year. Individually, Bree Warren had a successful competition, coming 2nd on vault with a score of 12.55, and 3rd on bars and floor, where she competed her first ever double back somersault. Pawlyn also displayed a new skill, competing her first ever Yurchenko vault.
Following the competition, Elite Girls’ Coach Emma Baskervilles commented, “this was an amazing final competition of the year. The girls all competed well and did me really proud, working really hard as a team. All of the teams performed exceptionally well!”
The gymnasts are now looking forward to performing in Baskervilles’ Annual Christmas Gala, which will be held on Friday 9th and Saturday 10th December.