Sapphire starlets put in a bright display at Neon competition

Sapphire's youngsters won a fistful of medals at the Neon event at Tolworth Gym Club
Sapphire's youngsters won a fistful of medals at the Neon event at Tolworth Gym Club

Sapphire’s next generation of performers had their first taste of competition when they took part in the Neon event at Tolworth Gym Club last week.

In level 1 – for girls born before March 31, 2007 – Saski Shaw won the gold medal with a score of 17.5 and Leah Kennedy was third with 16.9.

In the slightly younger group of gymnasts born between April and November 2007, Lexi Winter won gold with 16.6 and Layla Rabe was second with 16.4

At level two, for six year old girls, Olivia Rennie won the gold medal with 17.5 and Rose Johnson took the bronze with 14.6.

It was a proud day for all of the gymnasts, as well as their coaches, Melanie Ives and Jessica Smith.

Meanwhile, Sapphire School of Gymnastics has been given a cash boost from a county councillor.

Cllr Andrew Williams – of Hemel Hempstead East – has allocated £500 from his locality budget to the club so that more children and young people will have the opportunity to learn gymnastics and dance

This funding will help provide gymnastics for children currently on the club’s waiting lists, and Sapphire will also look to introduce new options such as street dance, free running and gymfusion for its members.

The grant will also help the club provide sport and dance lessons for teenagers and young adults to boost self-esteem, reduce crime and build links within the community.

A total of £10,000 is available to each of the 77 members of Hertfordshire County Council to spend on worthwhile community projects in their area.

Locality budgets were launched in July 2009, with funding to be used for worthy social, economic or environmental causes in Hertfordshire. For information on how to apply for funding under the scheme, visit