First place for Berkhamsted as youngsters go from strength to strength

Gymnastics
Gymnastics

Berkhamsted Gymnastics Club enjoyed a successful day at the Sapphire Invitational Competition.

At level 5 in the club category, 19 teams fought fiercely for the top slot but they were no match for the Berkhamsted contingent.

Girls from Berkhamsted Gymnastics Club impressed at the Sapphire Invitational

Girls from Berkhamsted Gymnastics Club impressed at the Sapphire Invitational

Meghan Rosteck, Gabby Connolley, Lizzie Rowlands and Lydia Sellen showcased their individual strengths to finish fourth, seventh, eighth and 14th out of the 72 competitors.

This fantastic effort resulted in them winning the team trophy and taking home £120 in prize money.

Elsewhere, Amelia Evans and Poppy Wager Leigh were both selected to represent their county in the county level 3 and 2 competitions.

Both girls achieved the highest scores within their county teams, with Poppy finishing fifth out of 29 gymnasts and a helping Herts to a team placing of fourth.

Girls from Berkhamsted Gymnastics Club impressed in the county level 5 competiton

Girls from Berkhamsted Gymnastics Club impressed in the county level 5 competiton

Amelia, meanwhile, finished fourth out of 16, with the team finishing in bronze position.

Hot on the heels of their success at the Sapphire Invitational Competition, the level 5 team were not about to lose their county title.

They performed with confidence and maturity to finish second, third, sixth and seventh individually to retain their crown and take the tam gold.

A few days later, following qualification at county level, three girls from Berkhamsted Gymnastics Club made their presence felt at the Regional Finals held in Ipswich.

Girls from Berkhamsted Gymnastics Club impressed at the regional finals

Girls from Berkhamsted Gymnastics Club impressed at the regional finals

Amelia Evans had her work cut out in the level 2 competition but made a positive start on bars.

A fall on the beam meant that she had to compete strongly on all other pieces but her consistency and determination paid off as she finished in second place overall.

This earned her the silver medal and she added a gold medal on bars and silvers on beam and floor.

In the level 3 competition, Poppy Wager Leigh picked herself up after a fall on the beam to gain high scores on all the other apparatus and secure third place overall.

She also took bronze apparatus medals on floor and vault and secured her place in the regional squad for next year.

Leanne Thompson had qualified in second place at county level and continued to work hard on her routines in preparation for the regional level four finals.

This clearly paid off and saw her beat the Herts county champion to finish in second place overall.