Gymnasts from Baskervilles School of Gymnastics had across-the-board success at an International Competition in Malta this summer. The club took home 7 medals including an overall International title.
On Thursday 6th July 2017, 12 squad girls aged 7–16 years travelled to the Mediterranean Island for the 29th Gymstars Open Competition, where they performed in individual age groups, with their combined scores producing an overall team result.
In the first competition of the weekend, 10-year-olds Molly Hibbert-Davies, Isabella Mori and Camille Gillett and 9-year-old Amelie Rushforth competed as a team. Whilst the youngest team from Baskervilles was made up of 8-year-olds Gracie Hurd and Tahlia Wyatt and 7-year-olds Evie Wilkins and Ella Gunn. The girls competed in category D which was the largest of the five categories with 29 other teams competing.
In the 7–9 years age category, the Baskervilles girls competed in a group of 36 gymnasts. It was Hurd who bagged a bronze medal on bar with an impressive score of 10.20. Meanwhile, Wyatt performed consistently and took silver on floor and gold on vault with a huge score of 11.35. Overall the duo narrowly missed the medals with Wyatt placing 4th and Hurd 5th.
In the 10–12 years category all of the gymnasts performed consistently on all four pieces of apparatus, with many girls competing their most technically difficult skills for the first time in competition. It was Gillett who caught the judges’ eye on floor scoring an impressive 11.53 and placing 19th overall out of 50 gymnasts.
The final Baskervilles team who competed on the final competition day was made up of 16-year-old Edie Gudmunsen, 11-year-olds Esme Mathias and Isobel Martin and 9-year-old Annabelle Moss. Containing the clubs top gymnasts, this team had some tough competition ahead of them in category C.
In the 7-9 years category, Moss impressed the judges and took home gold on vault and a respectable bronze on floor. In the 10-12 years category Martin bagged a silver medal for her faultless beam routine. Mathias performed well and secured 16th overall place out of 52 competitors. But gaining international title for Baskervilles was Martin, who came 3rd overall for her age category.
All of the girls who took part in the overseas competition performed excellently. Coaches Emma Baskerville and Francesca Ince, who accompanied the girls on the trip, were enormously proud of all the girls’ effort. The Baskervilles squad team have just completed their annual Summer Camp and are looking forward to preparing for their next big competition at the end of September.