Burlington girls book place at national finals

The winning Girls A team: Lily Grainger, Ellie Hughes, Ruby Simpson, Jessie Hoggart and Abigail Dean
The winning Girls A team: Lily Grainger, Ellie Hughes, Ruby Simpson, Jessie Hoggart and Abigail Dean

Enthusiastic gymnasts from Burlington Junior School showed huge improvements when they competed at the Yorkshire School Floor and Vault Competition.

A team of 19 pupils travelled to Haltemprice Leisure Centre and the Girls A team have secured a place at the national finals in Stoke next month.

All the Burlington School gymnasts who competed at the Yorkshire School Floor and Vault Competition.

All the Burlington School gymnasts who competed at the Yorkshire School Floor and Vault Competition.

The format of the Yorkshire competition meant each gymnast competed on both vault and floor with every score counting to the team total, so every performance mattered.

On the floor, the Girls A team showed great expression and performance, while the Girls B and Mixed A teams demonstrated some beautiful skills and good flexibility.

It was clear that the hard work practising on vault had paid off with all children trying their best and gaining some very high scores from executing a clear vault.

Burlington Girls A team won gold with an incredible performance. Lily Grainger, Ellie Hughes, Ruby Simpson, Jessie Hoggart and Abigail Dean all contributed superb routines under high pressure for the team total of 110.61 points.

Gaining silver in their competition was Burlington Mixed A, who just missed out on the nationals with a score of 106.66.

Their confidence had improved dramatically since their last competition which clearly had a huge benefit on both their floor and vault performance.

This team consisted of Alex Burge, Sienna Collinson, Tegan Whitehand, Alexis Hellewell and Charlie Keogh.

The Girls B team demonstrated a good round on the vault and overall came eighthth with a score of 97.12.

Team members included Jamie Watson-Jordan, Ruby Jewitt, Abigail Barker, Madison Barber and Kaitlan Butterworth.

Also competing in this competition was a new Burlington Mixed B Team, Hannah Ykhlef, Honey Bell, Megan Tindall and Charlie Paul.

For some of the pupils, this was their first major competition and they all performed fantastic on both floor and vault.

Due to being a member short in their team, the B team were unable to reach a podium position, but they finished in sixth place with a score of 88.66.

However, this was a great experience for them and will benefit them for future competitions.

The school thanked all the parents who went to support the children and coach Laura Deamer, who has continued to work and support the school’s gymnasts.