GYMNASTICS: Grantham primary schools perform well at county championships

Gymnasts at Huntingtower school. left to right are  Jessica Baxter, Jessica Lee, Elli Booton, Sheena Colton, Bethany Richard. 959D
Gymnasts at Huntingtower school. left to right are Jessica Baxter, Jessica Lee, Elli Booton, Sheena Colton, Bethany Richard. 959D
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Five Grantham schools performed successfully at the Lincolnshire Primary Schools Championships at Horncastle last Sunday – with several honours.

St Mary’s took the under-9 mixed team title with 62.50 points, ahead of Cranwell. After the floor competition, only 0.4 separated the two teams but St Mary’s pulled out some good vaulting to take the title.

Individually, Jack Barnes and Harry Clements came first in the Level 1 and Level 2 categories to help spearhead St Mary’s to team success.

In the under-9 girls’ event, Cliffedale came third, only 0.3 behind second-placed Saxilby. It was the girls’ first competition at this level and they all performed well and showed promise for next year.

Individually, Jessica Garment from Grantham Preparatory placed second in the Level 2 event, producing the highest score on the floor exercises to claim the runners-up spot, just 0.3 behind the winner.

Cliffedale just missed out on retaining their under-11 girls’ competition title by 0.2 points, with Huntingtower in third another 0.2 points adrift. As usual, Cliffedale were very consistent with 10 solid routines.

Huntingtower also produced some good performances, having not competed in this competition for several years.

Individually, Bethan Moore (Cliffedale) and Jessica-Leigh Tamplin (Huntingtower) fought off tough opposition to gain joint top spots in the Level 1 event, in which only one whole mark separated the top eight positions.

Ellie Booton, from Huntingtower, produced a beautiful floor routine and a clean vault to narrowly take the Level 2 under-11 girls’ individual title by 0.1

In the boys’ under-11 Level 1 competition, Oliver Denton represented St Anne’s and finished second with a score of 15.9.

Pictured are Huntingtower under-11s, from left – Jessica Baxter, Jessica-Leigh Tamplin, Ellie Booton, Sheena Colton and Bethany Richard. Photo: 959D