Bennett moving up on the Great Britain rankings

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Sian Bennett is aiming to build on a glorious 2014 as she prepares for her second year with the Great Britain team.

The 14-year-old Suki aerobic gymnast will be stepping up the difficulty of her routines with some big competitions ahead.

Earning selection to the Great Britain squad for the second year in succession means the Gosport talent is ranked in the top-10 in the country.

Now the teenager is working on some new moves as she gets set to again mix it with the top gymnasts around.

Bennett’s hard work in training, under the guidance of Suki head coach Natalie Porter, paid off with some spectacular results in 2014.

At the Aerobic British Championships, Bennett secured a silver medal in the Fédération Internationale de Gymnastique (FIG) Individual 12-14-year women’s final.

Her routine was rewarded with a new best of 18.350 – just narrowly short of the gold medal score of 18.400.

She also represented Great Britain in Bulgaria, making a big impression during her first trip with the squad.

Now the plan is to add more elements – such as jumps and flexibility moves – to her routine as she looks to reach even greater heights in the coming months.

Bennett said: ‘The trip to Bulgaria was good.

‘I did my individual routine and it went very well. I was pleased with that.

‘Now I’ve got to add more to my routines.’

Coach Porter, who competed for Great Britain many times during her career in aerobic gymnastics, is looking forward to helping Bennett develop further over the next 12 months.

She said: ‘Sian has moved into a new age group and will be competing against 15 to 17-year-olds so it will be a step up.

‘Sian will be doing harder moves and has 15 seconds added on to her routine.

‘It doesn’t sound a lot but in an aerobic-based routine it is a very high demand on the body.

‘Every routine has the same four elements.

‘Then you can choose six more elements.

‘Sian has amazing flair and perfect co-ordination.

‘She’s a dancer as well so we can incorporate that into the choreography of her routines.’

Bennett will get the chance to hone her routine in the southern region competition, hosted by Suki, in Gosport on Saturday, March 21.

Many of the top gymnasts in the south will be competing as they look to sharpen up their moves.

Bennett’s first big national competition of the year will be in Cardiff in May.

Porter can see the path she took to international success being repeated and believes Bennett is inspiring the next generation at Suki.

‘Sian is the role model for all the gymnasts,’ added Porter.

‘It’s really nice to watch and see the way she is progressing.

‘At our end of year Suki ball all the coaches pick a gymnast of the year.

‘She was picked and, at the same time, we announced she had been selected for Great Britain again.’