GYMNASTICS: Grantham schools impress at East Midlands Championships
East Midlands Schools Gymnastics Floor and Vault Championships were held at Stamford Junior School last Saturday.
This year it was also linked with the successful Milano Group competition as qualification to the National Finals next month.
In the floor and vault competition, King’s School won the under-14 boys’ event, with two of the team members having to be pulled into the team over the last two weeks. They performed well, particularly on the vault.
Priory Ruskin Academy had a very strong team in the under-14 mixed event, taking first place and could produce a high placing at the Nationals.
There were 11 teams performing in the under-14 girl’s competition, so everything was very tight for the final placings. Only 0.1 separated Spalding High and Stamford, with Walton Girls placed fifth and KGGS close behind in sixth. KGGS also took third place in the under-19 girls.
At Primary level, St Mary’s and Cliffedale both competed in the under-11 girls’ age group. They had strong competition from Stamford Junior School and Witham St Hugh’s this year, but still placed fourth and fifth respectively
In the Milano competition, both Priory Ruskin and KGGS entered teams and both have gained qualification through to the National Finals in March.
They were required to perform individual floor and vault routines and then a group routine with five identical skills and two balances, linked with dance. This was a new area for both schools, but they produced some excellent work.
The KGGS under-16 girls performed a beautifully constructed group routine, whilst the Priory Ruskin team were very strong on the individual events. Hopefully both teams will be a credit to the region at the Nationals.
Priory Ruskin also entered a young under-13 team in the girls’ event. They worked well and will have gained valuable experience for next year.