Double delight for Portsmouth School of Gymnastics

Portsmouth School of Gymnastics
Portsmouth School of Gymnastics
The talented City of Portsmouth boys' squad. Picture: Matthew Reeds

Southern region joy for Portsmouth boys

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It was double delight for Portsmouth School of Gymnastics (PSG) as they made the leap to success in the International Cup.

The club’s junior and senior squads came out on top in the high-class event as they topped off a fantastic 2014 in style.

Both PSG teams also made the final of the European Championships in Iceland.

That came after they were crowned southern and British champions.

It was the first time in the club’s history that both squads have been selected to represent Great Britain on the international stage.

In the European Championships they performed superbly to reach the final, securing sixth-place finishes in the junior and senior finals.

They were up against national teams in the competition, with other countries hand-picking their representatives.

PSG built on that solid foundation with victories in the International Cup in Gran Canaria.

Head Coach Julian Such said: ‘We are club teams up against national teams.

‘As you can imagine, it’s quite a fight for our club teams to do well at all.

‘Just to get to the final was quite a feat.

‘They’ve (juniors and seniors) been developing really well, they’re both British champions, they’re both European finalists and they’ve both won the International Cup.

‘It’s remarkable really!’

Also this year, for the first time an all-star team has been created.

From a competition of 300 competitors, only eight are chosen.

Hema Gaur-Sharma, 19, from PSG, placed fourth and earned selection to the squad.

Such felt her achievement was testament to her dedication.

‘The reason Hema did so very well was her lack of deductions, which placed her very highly,’ he said.

‘She’s always been very consistent, a very good lander.

‘She never holds back – she always goes the extra mile.

‘She is very motivated, very committed and a very hard worker.

‘None of the team performed badly at all, it was all a team effort.’

PSG are currently working towards an Inspired Facility Grant through Sport England.

Such feels it will help the club continue to grow after what has been a successful time.

He is keen for the club to expand their role within the community.

‘This has been an amazing year for us,’ added Such.

‘We are very much developing for the community to offer more to them.

‘We are concentrating on doing more for the community as well as working with higher level gymnasts in preparation for national squads.’