GYMNASTICS: HALTON'S high-flying sports club of the year has reached another landmark in national and regional competition.
And the efforts of North Cheshire Brookfields Gym Club have been applauded by Cheshire's Olympic star Beth Tweddle.
Tweddle performed the medal ceremony at the Merseyside Gymnastics Forum Two-Piece Competition at which the club won six gold medals.
The club - honoured in the 2004 Halton Sports Awards - hit another peak with individual success in the Gymnastics and Movement for People with Disabilities (GMPD) Rhythmic Championships.
In the novices' section, Tracey Bate won gold for her free routine and silver with the hoop while Phillipa Sloane took two bronze medals in the open events for rope and ribbon.
Club secretary Julie Shard said: 'Both girls performed well in this elite event.'
Meanwhile, the club's 11-strong team at the Jersey Sports Association Disabled Special Olympic Games returned from their cross-Channel expedition with 28 medals between them.
The competition drew entries from England, Ireland, the Channel Islands and France and the highlight for the club, based at Kingsway Leisure Centre in Widnes, came with overall Under-12s gold for Casey-Leigh Shard.
Brookfields claimed two other all-round medals through Marie Wilson and Mike Johnson.
Marie took silver at senior ladies' level two and Mike achieved bronze in the senior men's section.
Also celebrating was 28-year-old Phil Morris who came through his debut in six-piece competition.
The annual Merseyside Forum Two-Piece took place at Park Road Sports Centre in Liverpool where Beth Tweddle trains with the City of Liverpool Gym Club.
Another member of the city club is Widnes' Emma Smith, 13, who became British Espoir Champion at the first attempt in 2003.
Julie Shard added: 'This is the second year that this mainstream event has had a special-needs section within the competition.
'This time we also entered some of our gymnasts' siblings into the mainstream event.
'It was a baptism of fire for them as most groups had more than 50 competitors and there was a 500-plus crowd.'
Nineteen medals were won by the club with some standout performances. Daniel Boardman claimed bronze on the vault in Mainstream Section One.
The Special-Needs Development Group saw double gold for David Pringle - on vault and floor - with Lewis Ashcroft and Hannah Jones taking twin silver and bronze in the same disciplines.
Christopher Boardman (floor) and Rachel Roche (vault) secured first places for the Special-Needs Inter-mediate Group while there were gold medals on both floor and vault for Kemlyn Shard of the Special-Needs Performance Group.