Suki soar at Heathrow International competition

Suki gymnasts have been selected for the British Championships
Suki gymnasts have been selected for the British Championships
The talented City of Portsmouth boys' squad. Picture: Matthew Reeds

Southern region joy for Portsmouth boys

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Suki gymnasts enjoyed lift-off at the Heathrow International Club Championships.

A total of 16 members from the Gosport club were in action and returned home with a nice haul of medals.

Shannon Russell picked up a bronze medal in the Recreational Aerobic Code (RAC) national development category as she scored 13.85.

Jessie Cerdan finished first in the RAC group two category with a score of 13.5.

Stepping up to the National Aerobic Code national development category, Caitlin Downing secured an excellent bronze medal with a score of 16.1.

Tyesha Kirton and Mackenzie Towse combined to also take bronze in the NAC group one pair category. They scored 15.75, missing out on the Gold medal by just 0.2.

Gosport’s Great Britain gymnast Sian Bennett qualified in fifth place for the final and then competed the next day against gymnasts from Estonia, Bulgaria, China, Belgium, Austria, Sweden and Great Britain.

It was an intense competition with top-class gymnasts producing great routines.

Bennett finished sixth in the final with a very strong performance.

Hannah Emmett and Annis Buick made their international debuts.

They both performed well, gaining great experience.

Suki head coach Natalie Porter was pleased to see Bennett perform so well in a quality competition.

She said: ‘The gymnasts performed outstanding routines in finals, with a lot of gymnasts moving position.

‘The gymnast who qualified in third place finished in first place with her score increasing by 1.0 whole mark! Sian performed a beautiful routine finishing sixth overall.

‘Hannah Emmett and Annis Buick both performed lovely routines and enjoyed the experience.’

It’s an exciting time for Suki with 15 members of the squad selected for the British Championships this month.

The competition is being held at the Liverpool Echo Arena and runs for four days, featuring the best aerobic gymnasts in Great Britain.

It is an expensive trip for the Suki gymnasts and they need to raise funds to cover the cost of attending the competition.

On Saturday they will be at Gosport Leisure Centre cycling a total of 252 miles, equivalent of the distance from Gosport to the Liverpool Echo Arena.

The team have had great support from Gosport Leisure Centre and will hope for generous donations on Saturday to help them achieve their aim.

To sponsor the team visit the website indiegogo.com and search Suki Aerobic Gymnastics Club.

The club train at Brune Park Community School and Bridgemary School in Gosport.

Suki gymnasts selected for the British Championships: Tyesha Kirton, Taylor Townley, India Maclean, Katie Holder, Victoria Barrell, Sian Bennett (GBR gymnast), Jade Newnham, Josie Vassie, Mackenzie Towse, Jasmine Welsh, Callie Moore, Annis Buick, Caitlin Downing, Hannah Emmett

Sian Bennett, Victoria Barrell and Natalie Porter (head coach) will be off to Italy on Sunday for the UEG (European Union of Gymnastics) Training Camp.