PSG girls delighted to put gymnastics on the map

Portsmouth School of Gymnastics' senior team picked up the team of the year title at The News Sports Awards
Portsmouth School of Gymnastics' senior team picked up the team of the year title at The News Sports Awards
The talented City of Portsmouth boys' squad. Picture: Matthew Reeds

Southern region joy for Portsmouth boys

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Portsmouth School of Gymnastics (PSG) were happy to put their sport on the map after winning team of the year at The News Sports Awards.

In a year that saw the side get both British and international recognition, the girls were equally delighted to win honours closer to home.

However, they admitted they never expected to win in such a tight category, which saw Gosport Borough finish runners up.

PSG member Rochelle Oxley said: ‘We never really expected to win it, especially against the football club (Gosport Borough) who have a big following.

‘It just really tops off what a great year we’ve had.’

Team-mate Lauren Smith added: ‘It is good to know that the public are supporting us as well because gymnastics isn’t hugely known and publicised.

‘Knowing that people out there are willing to support us and show faith in us is just incredible.’

In a year that saw PSG pick up both Southern and British success, they also claimed top spot at the International Cup and reached the finals at the European Championships in Iceland.

The girls reflected on a great 2014 and heaped praise on team-mate Hema Gaur-Sharma, who lifted the runner-up prize in the best one-off performance category.

Smith added: ‘As a team I think the personal highlight was the European Championships, having performed so well on such a big stage.

‘Hema’s individual display was just incredible and getting selected for the all-star team is an achievement in itself.

‘She has almost become the face of TeamGym for us and it’s great that we have now put TeamGym and the sport on the map in the UK and further afield.’

The girls are now looking ahead to what is set to be a busy 2015, with their sights set on retaining the southern regional title in March.

n The PSG’s junior team, who won young team of the year, were handed an extra surprise when they were awarded tickets to the opening night of Women in Black, thanks to sponsors Kings Theatre.