ACROBATIC members of Saltney Gymnastic Club turned heads at the Welsh National Development Plan Championships before helping Wales become Celtic Cup champions.
Cardiff’s Welsh Institute of Sport played host to the national NDP Championships and 29 members of the Saltney club headed south to compete in acrobatic gymnastics.
Unlike the more familiar Olympic disciplines of artistic gymnastics – where competitors like Beth Tweddle use apparatus – and rhythmic – where competitors use ribbons and balls – acrobatic focuses on floor work, with teams of two or three gymnasts combining dance, strength, flexibility and balance to create choreographed routines involving lifting each other, for which they are scored out of 30.
In Cardiff there were gold medals in the women’s groups (three gymnasts) for Jasmine Lloyd, Sophie Mursell and Megan Floyd (grade two) and Frankie Benson, Georgia Place and Lillie Fisher (grade three).
Matt Scott was a gold medallist in the men’s pairs with Oscar Booth and the mixed pairs with Amy Ryan and Jasmine Lloyd and Megan Floyd won gold in the women’s pairs.
Saltney’s other medals included silvers for Charlie Carbury and Maia Gioia (grade one women’s pairs) and Ashleigh Lavender, Alex Scott and Sophie Wilson (grade four women’s groups).
There were also bronze medals for Paloma Gioia, Rebecca Upton and Ella Barrett (grade one women’s groups) and Amy Scott, Beth Hallam and Maddie Duffield (grade two women’s groups).
Saltney gymnastics deputy head coach Debbie Lavender said: “We are immensely proud of all of our gymnasts who all were great ambassadors for Saltney Gymnastics Club in the world of Welsh Gymnastics.
“We came home with a fantastic haul of medals, a wonderful achievement for the club and well deserved result for all of our gymnasts and coaches who have worked really hard to prepare for the competition.”
Their performances meant that some of the Saltney gymnasts went on to represent Wales in the Celtic Cup in Carrickfergus, Northern Ireland, last week.
Benson, Place and Fisher repeated their gold medal feat while there were bronze medals for Scott and Booth, in the pairs and in the women’s groups there were three bronze displays with Lloyd, Murcell and Floyd, Amy Scott, Beth Hallam and Maddie Duffield and Lavender, Alex Scott and Wilson all securing third places as Wales won the competition.
Now five teams from Saltney have earned places at the British finals in Stoke-on-Trent in May.
Matt Scott will compete with Oscar Booth and Amy Ryan in two pairs teams, Jasmine Lloyd and Megan Floyd will compete in the women’s pairs and as a group with Sophie Mursell and golden girls Frankie Benson, Georgia Place and Lillie Fisher will go for a third victory.