Regional and national success for Martongate gymnasts

A round-up of recent successes from gymnastic teams from Martongate School

Nine gymnasts had an early start to travel all the way to Sheffield for the Yorkshire Team Trio Championships. Each gymnast had to perform an individual floor routine, two vaults and a trio group floor routine.

Martongate School gymnasts

Martongate School gymnasts

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 would then represent Yorkshire and compete in the British Championships at Stoke in March.

Girls 2 Team showed some beautiful skills showing very flexible skills in their floor routines finishing in third place. Team members were Tia Ward, Tegan Markey and Elizabeth Blackford.

Girls 1 Team showed some very strong vaults gaining them some of the highest scores in the competition. They performed their individual floor routines to a high standard and their trio group sequence was very well executed.

The team were just pipped at the post by a Sheffield school and finished in second place. Team members were Ellie Rhodes, Elisha Walbyoff and Lily Voase.

The Mixed Team had a superb day performing some high scoring skills on both floor and vault which helped them win the Milano Trio Championships for their category. Team members were Libby Marshall, Shane Tyers and Harry Pearson.

After winning the Yorkshire Championships in Sheffield, two teams of three gymnasts travelled to Stoke at the beginning of March to compete in the British Schools Milano Trio Championships.

They had to compete against the UK’s other regional finalists. The teams performed an individual floor routine, two vaults and a trio group floor routine.

Ellie Rhodes, Elisha Walbyoff and Lily Voase competed in the girl’s team. Each performed brilliantly, receiving some high vault scores. Their group floor routine had to include certain criteria such as leaps, spins dance, gym skills and two group balances.

The girls’ synchronisation and performance was excellent which showed in their high score.

In the mixed team were Libby Marshall, Harry Pearson and Shane Tyers. Each performed some powerful vaults and well executed floor routines. Their group floor routine was superb with their synchronisation on point.

The team finished a very creditable seventh place and were second against the other state-funded schools (others are private schools). Both teams’ group floor scores were very high placing them within the top five in Britain.

Martongate Gymnastics Squad took five teams to the Yorkshire Schools floor and Vault regional finals at Haltemprice in Hull on Saturday 15 March.

The mixed team, Ellie Rhodes, Elisha Walbyoff, Lily Voase, Shane Tyers and Jacob Pearson had four other teams to compete against. Martongate gymnasts had very good floor routines and this showed with their scores. With some outstanding perfprmances over the vault, the mixed team are now Yorkshire Champions and will represent Yorkshire at the finals in May.

Martongate boys team were in a head-to -head battle against another boys team from Sheffield. Each team member, Lewis Hebden, Harry Pearson, Toby Gee, Declan Potts and Riley Potts had to do a vault and floor routine.

The floor routine shows strength, flexibility and skills. Martongate had the edge over Sheffield and secured first place by 0.30.

They will now represent the Yorkshire region at the National Finals in May.

Three girls teams also competed in the floor and vault regional finals. For some of the gymnasts it was their very first major competition. A good all round performance on the floor and vault from the Martongate girls team comprising Libby Marshall, Tegan Markey, Tia Ward, Jessica Robson and Mia Stockdale that they finished in third place, securing a bronze medal.

Also competing in this category was a new Martongate Team with squad members Rachel Pearson, Grace Howarth, Millie Rowbottom and Elizabeth Blackford. This was their first major competition and with good floor performances and vaults, they finished in fourth place.

Finishing just 0.1 behind were Martongate’s other girls team. This was another new team made up of Sydney Jackson, Kaitlyn Hagan, Olivia Pilling and Isa Bradley.

The girls performed fantastically with lovely floor routines and solid vaulting. This team finished in fifth place.