Martongate teams qualify for national championships

The girls A team: Savannah Kilburn, Elizabeth Blackford and Sian Beswick.
The girls A team: Savannah Kilburn, Elizabeth Blackford and Sian Beswick.

The Martongate School gymnastics squad have been working very hard over the past few months preparing for the forthcoming Yorkshire Championships.

Thirteen gymnasts had an early start and travelled to Sheffield to compete in the Yorkshire Milano Team Trio Championships. Each gymnast had to perform an individual floor routine, two vaults and a group floor routine.

The B team: Rachel Pearson, Jess Robson, Millie Rowbottom and Isobel Charlton.

The B team: Rachel Pearson, Jess Robson, Millie Rowbottom and Isobel Charlton.

The criteria not only involved gymnastic skills but had to include elements such as lifts, group balances, leaps, spins, jumps and dance.

Gymnasts had to show strength and flexibility in all skills performed to improve their overall score. The top two teams from each category would then represent Yorkshire and compete in the British Championships at Stoke in March.

It was the first time these gymnasts had competed in the competition. The girls B team showed some beautiful gymnastics displaying very flexible skills in their floor routines and excellent synchronisation in their group floor routine finishing in third place. Team members were Millie Rowbottom, Isobel Charlton, Rachel Pearson and Jess Robson.

The girls A team performed some very strong vaults and floor routines, with their trio group sequence being very well executed. The girls won the competition and were crowned Yorkshire champions.

The boys team: Toby Gee, Charlie De'Ath and Daniel Rhodes

The boys team: Toby Gee, Charlie De'Ath and Daniel Rhodes

They will represent the region in the British Championships in March. Team members were Lizzy Blackford, Sian Beswick and Savannah Kilburn.

This was the first time Toby Gee and Daniel Rhodes had competed in this competition and the first competition for Charlie De’Ath. The boys showed good strength and balance and a variety of gymnastics skills in their floor routines and performed some dynamic vaults to qualify for the finals in second place.

The mixed team had a superb day performing some high scoring skills on both floor and vault, very well executed and synchronised group routine which helped them once again win the Milano Trio Championships for their category. Team members were Lily Voase, Grace Howarth and Bailey Smithson.

Martongate School will now represent Yorkshire in all the under 11 categories – what an achievement!

The mixed team: Grace Howarth, Bailey Smithson and Lily Voase

The mixed team: Grace Howarth, Bailey Smithson and Lily Voase

Head coach Jo Ward thanked Ann Voase, Emma Withers, Louise Kilburn and Sarah Pugh for their ommitment to school gymnastics.