National success proof star trio are on right track

Grace Taylor, left, Emily Goss, centre, and Katie Church, right. Pic: Mick Young 131623-03

Grace Taylor, left, Emily Goss, centre, and Katie Church, right. Pic: Mick Young 131623-03

Tyesha Kirton in action. Picture: Gareth Jones/Sport-alive photography

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Portsmouth Gymnastics Club are widely recognised on the national scene for their high-quality artistic performances.

Now they have shown they can also dominate on the tumbling track.

Katie Church, 10, and Grace Taylor, 10, both came away with gold medals from nationals in Stoke.

They were joined on the podium by Emily Goss, 14, who picked up a silver medal.

It was an outstanding set of results for the club.

Church led the way with a series of superb tumbles to annihilate the field in her category.

Her spectacular display caught the eye of the national selectors.

Coach Tina Field feels Church has now marked out a potential discipline where she can go on and achieve more medals in the future.

‘The national judges really liked Katie,’ said Field.

‘I think her future is tumbling. She was miles above everybody else in her category.

‘Her tumbles were beautiful. It was an exceptional performance.

‘She could go to elite competition next year.

‘Katie has got the rest of the year to train and to try different tumbles.

‘They suggested Katie should continue to do it.’

Church thrived on the event and was delighted to pick up such an impressive medal.

She said: ‘It was really cool to win and the medal is so big – it’s really special.

‘I’m proud of myself because I haven’t won anything as big as that competition before.

‘Tumbling is really different to artistic gymnastics and that is one of the things I like about it.’

Goss made the trip as the senior member of the three-strong squad and celebrated her silver with a family stop off at Alton Towers.

She was delighted to land a silver medal and hugely impressed by what her Portsmouth club-mates managed to achieve.

‘It was really good fun,’ said Goss.

‘My family came along to support me and we went to Alton Towers as well – that was good.

‘Normally we do artistic so it is good to do something that is very quick and it is good to see and learn the different disciplines of gymnastics.

‘We didn’t know what to expect but Katie and Grace did really well with their tumbles.

‘This puts our club on the map in terms of tumbling.

‘Now it is good to have another discipline we can win national medals in.’

Taylor needed a perfect final tumble to secure the gold medal.

It was a nerve-shredding experience but she came through, saving her best to last.

‘I was shocked to win,’ said Taylor.

‘My last tumble was perfect but I still didn’t think I had won it until it was confirmed.

‘It was a really good competition and a very nice feeling when I found out I had won.’

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