Lynnsport hosts historic gymnastics event

The Gymnastics Centre at Lynnsport hosted the Norfolk County Championships for Acrobatics Gymnastics and Tumbling on Sunday.

Gymnasts from both King's Lynn Gymnastics Club and the Chermond Club of Norwich battled it out for the prizes in the first County Championships for several years – a sure sign of the ever-increasing popularity of the sport.

In addition to the main event there were competitions for the under-eights, giving younger gymnasts their first chance to feel the atmosphere at a big competition.

There were several outstanding performances on the floor, including that of Chermond's Sophie Aldous and Sophie Holdback, who took gold in the Grade 1 Women's pairs with a score of 25.50.

Other highlights were Laura Ladbrooke, Kayla Slater and Cara Ellaway of Chermond scoring 25.95 in the Grade 2 Women's Groups, and the gold medal performance of King's Lynn's Grade 3 Women's Pair Lin Ling and Dong Ting Xu with a score of 52.25.


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In the tumbling there were some equally high scores with Dong Ting Xu (King's Lynn) in the Girls National Grade 2 Age 9-10, Natasha Rushbrooke (Chermond) Girls National 3 Age 13+, Harry Bassett (King's Lynn) Boys National Grade 2 Age 9-10 and Luke Winner (King's Lynn) Boys Elite 2 Age 13-14 all catching the eye.

Perhaps the top highlight was the elite tumbling involving British Open champion (age 15-16) Kai Nicholson and British Open (age 13-14) silver medallist Daniel Corbyn, both from King's Lynn, competing.

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Many of the gymnasts will next be taking part in the National Development Program regional 'Prelim' competitions next month with the aim being to qualify for the national finals in May.

Both clubs welcome aspiring gymnasts of all ages and abilities. Go to www.chermond-gymnastics.net, gymnastics@west-norfolk.gov.uk or www.lynnsport.com for details.

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