GYMNASTICS: Successes are spread across the schools at Grantham championship

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Just under 250 gymnastics took part in the 28th Grantham Schools Championship at The Meres leisure centre on Sunday.

Ranging in age from five to 16 years old, team successes were spread across the schools, showing the depth and interest in gymnastics locally.

At senior level, the under-13 girls team was won by KGGS, with Walton taking the runners-up spot, but at under-16 level Walton held the upper hand with KGGS second.

In the primary competitions, National took two of the three team awards.In the under-11 girls’ they were two marks ahead of Allington & Sedgebrook in second, whereas in the primary boys’ team event they just clinched the lead by 0.4 points ahead of St Mary’s.

Cliffedale had a clear lead by more than three3 marks in the under-9 girls’ competition, ahead of a very surprised but pleased team from Harlaxton who achieved second place as first time entrants in this competition. Long Bennington also worked extremely consistently to take third spot in both the under-9 and under-11 girls’ team events.

Individually, the overall titles for each age group were split nicely between all the schools. The standard of performance continues to improve every year and all the competitions were very tightly contested. In many age groups, only a few tenths separated the top positions, with ties for first place in several age groups.

High apparatus scores were recorded on primary floor by Lauren McGrath (Harlaxton) and Jamal Jallow (National) on 9.5, Oliwier Wnukowski (St Mary’s) and Seth Gibson (National) on 9.4, and Dolcie Wilson (Huntingtower) on 9.3. On vault, Jamal Jallow scored an impressive 9.7, with Harry Clements (St Marys) 9.6 and Jake Dawson (National) on 9.5.

In the senior competition, the two highest floor scores were achieved by Phoebe Collins (Walton) for both her set 8.9 and voluntary 9.3 routines, with Savannah Brook (KGGS) on 8.5 and Nancy Britten (KGGS) on 8.4.

The standard of vaulting across the age groups has improved considerably over the last few years and there were many scores above 8.5, most notably Kathleen Sanger (KGGS) who produced the highest score of 9.6, with Megan Stott (KGGS) on 9.5.

l Top positions and scores:

Under-7 Girls – 1 Lauren Mcgrath – Harlaxton – 18.3, 2 Dolcie Wilson – Huntingtower – 18.0, 3 Natalia Kalafutova – St Marys – 17.4; Under-7 Boys – 1 James Coleman – Grantham Preparatory – 17.1, 2 Seth Bensley – Huntingtower – 15.7, 3 Harry Corston – Marston – 13.9; Under-9 Girls – 1= Lydia Edwards – Allington & S – 17.1/Olivia Celik – Cliffedale – 17.1, 3 Ella Townsend – Cliffedale – 17.0; Under-9 Boys – 1= Cade Barends – South Witham – 17.7/Alfie Webb – National – 17.7, 3 Alfie Bushell – Cliffedale – 17.6; Under-11 Girls – 1= Jessica Baxter – Huntingtower – 17.7/Esme Knapton-Carter – Allington & S – 17.7, 3 Marianne Jallow – National – 17.5; Under-11 Boys – 1 Jamal Jallow – National – 19.2, 2 Jake Dawson – National – 18.7, 3= Harry Clements – St Marys – 18.6/Ryan Collingwood – St Marys – 18.6/Oliwier Wnukowski – St Marys – 18.6; Primary Girls Advanced – 1 Olivia Grafton-Morton – Grantham Preparatory – 35.3, 2 Ella Walker – Huntingtower – 33.8, 3 Maisie Collins – Allington & S – 33.7; Under-13 Boys – 1 Kyle Davidson – Priory Ruskin – 16.9, 2 Oliver Denton – Priory Ruskin – 16.3; Under-13 Girls Novice – 1 Nancy Britten – Kggs – 17.1, 2 Megan Pocock – KGGS – 17.0, 3 Aimee Clements – Walton – 16.9; Under-13 Girls Intermediate – 1 Kathleen Sanger – KGGS – 17.8, 2 Helena Proctor – KGGS – 17.5

3Rd Elise Hatton – St Georges – 17.4; Under-16 Boys – 1 Tiago Fernandes – Priory Ruskin – 17.8, 2 Adam Clark – Priory Ruskin – 16.5; Under-16 Girls Novice – 1 Bethan Hitchcock – KGGS – 15.5; Under-16 Girls Intermediate – 1 Yasmin Farrant – St George’s – 16.4, 2 Natasha Lacey – Walton – 16.3, 3 Jessica Smith – Walton – 16.2; Secondary Girls Advanced – 1 Phoebe Collins – Walton - 37.0, 2 Megan Stott – KGGS – 35.2, 3 Charlotte Smith – Walton – 34.3.