10 partnerships crowned South West Champions as Honiton gymnasts are back competing again

By Guest

25th Nov 2021 | Local Sport

Gymnasts from Honiton Gymnastics Club are finally back competing after a 20-month wait, with 63 gymnasts competing at the South West Championships.

The dedicated athletes, aged eight to 18, had one of the largest teams at the regional event, which was held at Yate International Gymnastics Centre, with many acrobatic partnerships finishing in medal positions and 10 partnerships taking South West Championship titles.

Finishing in gold medal position were:

· Reece Cutler and Sky Shute – 12-18 Mixed Pair

· Matthew Beviss and Oscar Felice – 12-18 Men's Pair

· Hallie Bennett and Catie Lee – 11-16 Women's Pair

· Mollie Gibson, Evie Roberts and Jess Downs – 11-16 Women's Group

· Max Sharland, Devon Roe-Lavery, Max Macdonald and Joe Shackleton – Grade 5 Men's 4

· Kalani Dale and Chloe Lawrence – Grade 4 Women's Pair

· Maicey Bennett, Kira Wotton and Chloe Hale – Grade 4 Out-of-Age Women's Group

· Orlando Migliari and Jessica Treen – Grade 3 Out-of-Age Mixed Pair

· Thomas Berry and Zara Dunning – Grade 2 Mixed Pair

· Lizzie Sanders and Sophie Sanders – Grade 1 Women's Pair

"These were a fantastic set of results for Honiton Gymnastics Club," said coach and board members James Reddy. "After 18 months of 'on and off' training, including a huge amount of Zoom sessions, it has been a real battle for gymnasts to regain their moves. For some of our younger gymnasts is was their first ever competition, so just stepping onto the competition floor and performing a routine was an achievement in itself."

"Our gymnasts have shown a tremendous amount of endeavor throughout the past 20 months," added James. "This competition was principally about getting out on the competition floor again, enjoying the experience and demonstrating the results of hard work throughout lockdown. We had no expectations of success, so we were thrilled with the achievements of individual partnerships and the success of Honiton Gymnastics Club as a whole."

In addition to the regional titles, medals were won by the following gymnasts:

Silver medalists

· Hollie Moulton and Ella Lane – IDP 1 Women's Pair

· Ella Bryant and Holly Wheeler – Youth Women's Pair

· Harleigh Fry, Lucie Sivier-Voller & Avie Whitton – Youth Women's Group

· Sophie Leonard, Grace Lawrence and Bethany Holmes – Grade 3 Women's Group

· Isla Tomkins and Lottie Daborn – Grade 1 Women's Pair Bronze medalists

· Olivia Wotton and Megan Wood – 11-16 Women's Pair

· Daisy Clayton, Matilda Clayton and Emily Lawrence – Youth Women's Group

· Georgia Greenslade, Grace Tennant and Niah Bown – Grade 2 Out-of-Age Women's Group

James added: "It's been a real team effort, with board members, coaches and gymnasts working together with the support of our army of parents. We are extremely grateful for the high-level of support we have received from all friends of Honiton Gymnastics Club and pleased to say that we have not only survived but also we are now back on the path to developing a club that the Honiton Community and others connected with us is proud of."

Additional placings

The following Honiton gymnasts also competed at the SW Championships:

· Hettie Behan and Faith Huxley – 8th in Youth Women's Pair

· Isabel Sullivan, Kate Eastell, Poppy Gryman – 11th in Youth Women's Group

· Katharine Wilson, Freya Gary and Ella Till – 9th in Grade 4 Women's Group

· Emily Mungovan and Arabella Reid – 4th in Grade 4 Women's Pair

· Elwyn Spence and Bella Clifton– 12th in Grade 4 Women's Pair

· Evie Kirk and Imogen Clarke – 4th in Grade 3 Women's Pair

· Daisy Reuben and Evie Sefton – 4th in Grade 3 Women's Pair

· Sophie Coaker, Chloe Curran and Ava Catchpole – 6th in Grade 3 Out-of-Age Women's Group

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