Double success for PSG

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Portsmouth gymnasts

Dedicated Portsmouth squad are on a high

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Portsmouth School of Gymnastics have continued their ongoing march for honours with their latest double success.

The senior team, who have landed 20 British titles down the years, added another national crown to their tally at Stoke-on-Trent in style with one of their finest performances in recent times.

That came after victory in the Austrian stage of the International TeamGym Cup with an almost faultless display.

Coach Julian Such said: ‘The girls work really hard, they have got a really good team spirit and a really good focus.

‘They have done remarkably well and it’s been an amazing few weeks.

‘At the event in Austria, we eclipsed our previous scores but then went even better in the British final.

‘They really surpassed themselves in the British final.’

Up against old rivals Team Brandenburg from Germany at the event in Dornbirn, Austria, PSG cruised to victory with an impressive total of 52.183 – nine marks clear of second place and 13 ahead of the German club.

While that looked like a benchmark that would be impossible to beat, the senior women surprised even themselves with their performance at Stoke to become British champions once again.

With real skill and consistency, they topped their score in Austria with a total of 53.966.

That was seven marks clear of their nearest rivals.

And it wasn’t just the senior women who impressed as the junior team landed a silver medal, despite some mistakes in their tricky routines.

The primary team also came away with a commendable fourth place, picking up some vital experience in the process and only narrowly missing out on what would have been a fantastic bronze medal.

But it was the senior women who now have one eye on the European Championships next season, if they can retain their British title to earn selection.

Such said: ‘If we retain our title next year, we will be selected to represent GB in Iceland up against all of the Scandinavian countries and they are the best.

‘Last year we had a bit of a catastrophe and made some serious mistakes in the European Championships.

‘They were close to being very, very good but messed things up. They wanted to put things right and had the bit between their teeth to get back to Iceland next year.

‘They have shown that they can do it and proved it to themselves with the way they have performed.

‘There is no reason why they can’t continue to improve and really challenge the Scandinavian teams.’

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