Young gymnasts show balance and poise at annual gala in Watton

The annual Wayland gymnastics gala at the Wayland Academy, Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

The annual Wayland gymnastics gala at the Wayland Academy, Watton. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Young gymnasts were bending over backwards in their aim to be crowned winners in a sports gala.

The annual Wayland gymnastics gala at the Wayland Academy, Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

The annual Wayland gymnastics gala at the Wayland Academy, Watton. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

The annual Wayland Gymnastics Gala saw children from Watton, Swaffham and surrounding villages perform routines and show off their skills to family and friends while competing against each other.

The children aged three to 13 are all taught by Jane Rose, who has run gymnastics classes in the area for 18 years and organises the gala as a showcase for her pupils.

Competing for prizes were members of Ms Rose's classes at Ashill Primary and Caston Primary Schools and Wayland Academy.

The coveted title of gymnast of the year went to Jessica Kilpatrick, 11, from Shipdham.

The annual Wayland gymnastics gala at the Wayland Academy, Watton. Picture: Ian Burt

The annual Wayland gymnastics gala at the Wayland Academy, Watton. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Others were commended for their efforts in class over the past year including Abigail Downing, Harrison Downing and Kyra Travers from the Caston class and Pria Patel, Asha Patel and Katie Johnson from the Ashill class.

Penny Travers, Caston Primary School governor, said: 'It was a really good afternoon. The kids all seemed to enjoy it. The hall was packed with parents coming to support them.

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'We don't get many chances to see what the other school groups do so it was nice to see that.

'The little kids took inspiration from the bigger ones. There was a good range of ages there and plenty of boys and girls.'

Have you or your child had a sports achievement? Email bethany.whymark@archant.co.uk

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