GYMNASTICS: Horncastle club members perform well at two-day competition


Horncastle Banovallum Gymnastics Club entered 17 gymnasts in the Witham Hill Gymnastics Club annual invitational competition.

There were more than 300 gymnasts competing from 14 different clubs, taking part over two days. They competed on five different pieces of apparatus: high bar, parallel bars, floor, vault and trampette.

On the Saturday, Banovallum started with their two youngest boys, Lenny Poppy and Jonathan Rickard, in the under-sevens, competing on all five pieces. Lenny came home with silver medal on parallel bars and bronze on trampette. Jonathan was second on trampette and third on high bar.

In the eight and nine years group, Jay Wold finished second on high bar and trampette, and fourth on floor. Thomas Rickard was third on parallel bars and fourth on high bar and trampette. Matthew Hall came fourth on vault and parallel bars.

The girl’s action took place on Sunday starting with the level six girls competing on floor, vault, beam, bars and trampette. Eight years girls – Marla Bell and Helaina Wold – completed all their routines with style, whilst Megan Dennis came second on vault and sixth on trampette. Sophie Wilderspin finished eighth on trampette.

Nine-year-old Connie Bell was fourth on vault, Abi Clarkson came sixth on trampette and Jasmine sixth on vault.

In the 10 years group, Devon Buck had a good all-round competition, finishing second on vault, and third on both floor and beam. Gracie Danby was third on vault, bars and trampette, with Millie Morley fourth on trampette and fifth on bars.

Lyra Waters also had a very good all-round competition, finishing first on beam, second on floor and trampette, and fourth on vault.

Kia Buck passed level six at county level last year and has moved up to level five. Kia finished third on vault and beam.

Banovallum Gymnastics Club head coach Debby Butler congratulated all the gymnasts who took part. She said: “They all did really well and work so hard in preparation for the competition.

“Some of the gymnasts were competing for the first time on full apparatus at competition level; they couldn’t have done without the help and support on the coaches Linzi, Alex, Gareth and Hannah.”