Another brilliant year for Headlands School gymnasts

Headlands School Girls Team. Alex Kynman, Emily Clifton, Lianne Holdsworth, Kehannah Woodhead. Miissing from the picture: Leah Snowden
Headlands School Girls Team. Alex Kynman, Emily Clifton, Lianne Holdsworth, Kehannah Woodhead. Miissing from the picture: Leah Snowden

This year has seen Headlands School Gymnastics Club grow from strength to strength and they have had their best year of results to date.

Their season started earlier than other years with the first competition in January at Sheffield High School. This was the Milano Team event in which each team had to perform an individual routine and a vault each and also a group routine.

Headlands entered four teams in total. An under 16 mixed team: Joseph Kynman, Alexandra Kynman and Kehanah Woodhead; under 16 girls team: Emily Clifton, Lianne Holdsworth, Leah Snowden and Olivia Jordan; under 14 girls team 1: Louise Blackburn, Natasha Clifton, and Lizzie Temple, and finally an under 14 girls team 2: Georgia Stringer, Sophie Waga, Jessica Webber and Chloe Webber.

It was a very busy day with the under 14 girls team representing Headlands for the first time. Competition was tough from other schools with more teams than ever before entering each category.

With the results in, the under 16 mixed team had a resounding success and came first with the title of Yorkshire champions, and the chance to represent the school and county at the Nationals in March.

The under 16 girls team managed to beat Sheffield High School by a whisker also qualified for the finals and retained their Yorkshire Champions title.

The under 14 teams came ninth and 10th respectively.

In addition to this the competition had an award for the highest scoring girl and boy throughout the competition – these awards went to our amazing brother and sister duo, Alex and Joe Kynman.

Nationals approached fast and the teams were excited to be getting a day off school for once. With 24 teams in each competition it was a very long day.

The under 16 girls were part of the hardest fought category and came 13th out of 24 teams while the under 16 mixed team came seventh.

The next competition was in March for the Yorkshire Schools Floor and Vault Championships held at Haltemprice Leisure Centre, Hull. With another full set of teams it was to be a frantic afternoon. Headlands had competing: Under 19 girls team: Alex Kynman, Kehanah Woodhead, Emily Clifton, Lianne Holdsworth and Leah Snowden; Under 19 mixed: Elliott McBride, Joseph Kynman, Louise Blackburn, Natasha Clifton and Olivia Jordan, and the under 14 girls team: Georgia Stringer, Lizzie Temple, Sophie Waga, Jess Webber, Chloe Webber and Olivia Kelly.

For Kelly this was her first time representing Headlands at Gymnastics on the vault. All the gymnasts had practiced really hard and were under pressure from the quality of gymnastics produced by the other schools.

They really upped their game with nearly all gymnasts achieving personal bests on the floor, vault or both.

The under 19 girls team swept the floor with their competition taking the Yorkshire Champions title for the third year in a row.

Following their success, the under 19 mixed team also took first place and booked their place at the national championships.

The under 14 girls had improved massively over the last few months and pulled themselves together as a team. This showed in their results as they came second overall – a fantastic result in a very hard competition.

This competition also happened to be Georgia Stringer’s last competition for Headlands School as she is due to leave for New Zealand. Teacher Rebecca Hoult said: “I would like to take this opportunity on behalf of everyone at the club to say a massive thank you for everything she has done – her constant positive attitude, helping to coach others and always approaching everything with a smile on her face. She will be greatly missed.

The floor and vault national finals were held at the weekend of 11 May. The under 19 girls team were on the floor first followed by the vault.

Lianne Holdsworth picked up the highest score ever gained on the vault by a Headlands gymnast at Nationals with 15.15 out of 16.

With some fantastic scores, they managed to maintain their top 10 national ranking by coming tenth.

The under 19 mixed team were on in the afternoon with some solid floor and vault performances. They really worked hard and managed to come seventh

Mrs Hoult added: “The gymnasts have had a superb season and have really committed themselves to training and practices throughout. Well done and congratulations to all those involved and we are looking forward to an even better season next year.”