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Falcons Gymnastics Academy compete at Exeter A Star invitational

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: October 18, 2012

ELITE COMPETITORS: Falcons Gymnastics Academy members who went to the A Star invitational.

ELITE COMPETITORS: Falcons Gymnastics Academy members who went to the A Star invitational.

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GYMNASTICS

MANY gymnasts from Falcons Gymnastics Academy were selected for competitions held in Exeter.

Emily Elder, Brooke Timmins and Joe Jones won overall silver medals in the elite A Star invitational competition.

And there was success for the recreational gymnasts, too, when they competed in the Exeter Challenge on Sunday.

Mike Beagley, the coaching director, said: "For many of the recreational gymnasts, it was their first taste of competition and they did so well.

"The club came home with 77 medals in total. This was a fantastic achievement by all gymnasts, coaches and judges who attended the competitions."

In the elite girls' level five age band, Emily held her nerve and put together a great performance, collecting silver on bars and beam on the way to second place overall.

Alice Sumners took the bronze medal on beam.

Many observers commented on Brooke's beautiful lines as she won gold on floor, silver on vault and bronze on beam in the level three group.

Kaycee Wright's vault won gold, while Sophie Lethaby's floor routine earned bronze.

Falcons put out a strong under-14 boys team with Joe taking silver, Adam Tobin bronze and Ryan Owen fourth place.

Joe won gold on pommel and rings, silver on vault and high bar, and bronze on floor and parallel bars.

Adam, who was competing two years above his age group, won gold on floor, silver on pommel and bronze on rings.

Ryan was awarded silver on parallel bars and bronze on high bar.

In the recreational competition on Sunday, Isabelle Thorne won overall gold in under-12s category two, for gymnasts who train twice a week, with Ellie Courtney close behind in third place.

Isabelle gained gold in floor and physical preparation, silver on vault and trampette and bronze on beam.

Ellie was rewarded with gold on beam and trampette.

In category one, for those who train once a week, Lauren Mills was second overall, first in physical preparation and second on vault, beam, floor, and trampette.

Falcons took first and second place in the under-6 age group.

Alma Bradbury took gold overall and on vault, beam and floor, with silver for trampette and physical preparation.

The overall silver went to Josie Bulled who also gained silver on beam and bronze for floor and physical preparation.

Felicity Ayres earned silver on floor and bronze on beam and trampette.

Charlie Mock took the under-6 boys' gold, winning on vault, floor, trampette and physical preparation and finishing second on trampette.

In the under-8s category one, twins Natasha and Melissa Hudson represented Falcons.

Natasha, who took the overall silver medal, was second on beam and third for trampette and physical preparation.

Melissa, eighth overall, matched her sister on physical preparation.

In category two, Tace Dunford won overall silver.

Libby West, Jasmine Kentell, Carris Evans, Freya Newton, Jessica Goodfellow and Amber Neale all had good first competitions.

Amber won silver in floor and physical preparation, Freya got silver on beam and Jessica bronze in physical preparation.

In the under 14s, Sophie James took overall bronze, with silver for beam and physical preparation and bronze for vault, floor and trampette.

In the under-10s, Lauren Rickard was first on vault, Rebecca Light was second on floor and physical preparation, and Sophie Hide was second on vault and third in physical preparation.

In the Devon novice team competition for girls, hosted by Falcons at their new home in Barnstaple, under-9s Kirsty Kingdom, Tara Davies, Mia Morris, Asha Cartmell and Millie Robinson performed well to secure fourth place.

Mia was the best performer in the individual standings with sixth place.

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