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Falcons flying at club competition

By North Devon Journal  |  Posted: June 20, 2013

SUCCESS: Falcons Gymnastics Academy celebrates.

SUCCESS: Falcons Gymnastics Academy celebrates.

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FALCONS Gymnastics Academy hosted its first annual club competition at its new home.

With more than 170 children competing in gymnastics and trampolining, the event at the Tarka Centre in Barnstaple was a huge success.

Gymnasts relished competing on the same equipment which was used at the London 2012 Olympic Games.

In the under-8 category, Belle Betteridge was overall champion after securing silver medals on beam and trampette. She was pushed hard by Eleanor Roome who finished second overall after winning the beam and placing second on vault and floor.

Edward Booker, the leading boy, claimed outright bronze, winning the vault and taking second with his physical preparation. A score of 44.003 gave Poppy Sampson first place overall in the under-12 category, including victory on the vault. Ella Clifton was the over-12s winner with a score of 41.683.

In the under-10s, Isobel Cooke, Jessica Davey, Scarlett Rosher and Jennifer Walsh all won on individual apparatus.

With her success on the beam and second-place on the floor, Jessica was the overall winner.

A competitive under-6 category was won by Charlie Mock who achieved first on the vault, floor, physical preparation and trampette.

Only 1.1 marks separated the three medal positions as 38 gymnasts competed in the development section.

Josie Bulled led the way with a score of 34.550, closely followed by Ruby Liggett with 33.550 and Felicity Ayres with 33.450.

All weekend, the gymnasts were spurred on by vocal support from the audience.

The atmosphere peaked for the final competition when those who performed in the squad category impressed with clean and precise routines

Ryan Owen scored 36.050 to take the overall title, including victories on the high bar and floor. Adam Tobin was second with 35.390, winning the parallel bars, and Byron Day Roger claimed bronze with a score of 34.750.

In the inaugural Falcons trampoline competition, 20 competitors battled for medal positions in four categories.

The scores in the under-10 single-hour event were tight with 0.075 points splitting the overall medal positions. First place went to Harry Lucas, just ahead of Ava Wilson in second and Hope Unstead in third.

Shana Hutchings scored 7.250 to win the over-10s, edging out Jessica Thomas (7.225) and Frazer Hooper (7.050).

Millie Ayres won the under-12s with a total of 7.700 while Thea James and Poppy Sampson were second and third respectively.

With all scores above seven points, competition in the over-12s was close. Bebe Malek took the honours just ahead of runner-up Alex Matthews and third-placed Harry Dowling.

Results: page 81.

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