TWO gymnasts stamped Halton's hall-mark on the Special Olympics UK through their gold medal-winning exploits.
Rachel Roche and Tracey Bates returned from the 6th National Games as all-round champions in their events.
And their club won 36 medals in the competition which attracted participants from all over Britain plus teams from Germany, Switzerland and Austria.
For North Cheshire Brook-fields Gym Club, it was the culmination of months of hard work in terms of fundraising and organisation.
The club took a 21-strong party 15 gymnasts, four coaches and two escorts to the Cardiff event at a cost of almost £9,500.
Forming part of the North West team, they had embarked on an exhaustive campaign to cover the ex -penses of the trip.
Tracey Bates won her title in the all-round level one rhythmic competition for 22-29 year olds while artistic gymnast Rachel Roche s overall victory came in the 30-plus age group, again at level one.
A £1,200 lottery grant from Local Groups Awards for All helped set the North Cheshire team based at Kingsway Leisure Centre in W idnes on the road to suc -cess.
More than 100 athletes from the region almost half of them gymnasts took partin the games which featured 2,600 athletes from various sports.
Other star performers from the Halton club included Philippa Sloane overall runner-up in the level three rhythmic competition for over 30s and Lisa Little -more, who finished third on level two debut in the all-round championship for 22 to 29-year-olds.
Medal winners on individual apparatus included:
ARTISTIC: Kemlyn Shard (one gold, two silvers and one bronze); Jordan Taylor (one gold, one silver, one bronze); Aaron Jennion (two silver); Michael Johnson (one gold, one bronze); Steven Molyneux (one gold, one bronze); Rachel Fairhurst (three silver, one bronze); Becky Turner (one silver); Rachel Roche (one gold and one silver); Lisa Littlemore (three bronze).
RHYTHMIC: Vicki Hargreaves (one bronze); Tracey Bates (two silver); Karen Jen -nion (one silver, one bronze); Philippa Sloane (four bronze).