Talented stars making their mark on all levels

12/10/2012 (SPORT)''Portsmouth Gymnastics Club have again impressed at the Hampshire and Southern Region Championships.''Pictured is: Trophy winners from County, Southern and National competition at Portsmouth Gymnastics Club.''Picture: Sarah Standing (123352-7576)
12/10/2012 (SPORT)''Portsmouth Gymnastics Club have again impressed at the Hampshire and Southern Region Championships.''Pictured is: Trophy winners from County, Southern and National competition at Portsmouth Gymnastics Club.''Picture: Sarah Standing (123352-7576)
James Carmichael has been in fantastic form

Portsmouth talents show they are top class

0
Have your say

RAPIDLY-DEVELOPING talents from Portsmouth Gymnastics Club are collecting medals across all levels of competition.

Whether faced with county, southern or national opposition – the elite development squad have risen to the challenge.

Star trio Jamie Lee Fantham, Maisie Lloyd-Jones and Amelia Rogers – all aged 10 – are blazing a trail with outstanding performances and dedication to training.

Fantham secured the Hampshire level three overall title, ahead of Lloyd-Jones who was second, with Rogers in third.

Lloyd-Jones turned the tables in the southern region to take overall gold, with Fantham second and Rogers fourth.

Fantham is reigning national champion on the floor for the age group and her eye-catching displays have already earned her a call-up to the national squad.

All three will again be competing at national level on November 3 and 4 in the British Championships.

They could be joined by Katie Church, nine, Hampshire champion on the floor and bars at level four, who is a reserve for the competition.

‘Maisie Lloyd-Jones had a fantastic result at the southern region levels,’ said coach Sam Maggs.

‘Her win at level three was our biggest result this year so far.

‘The group train together and we are hoping they will all do great things in the nationals.

‘The standard is so high and the routines have to be perfect.

‘They train so hard and know what is needed to do well.’

At senior level, Portsmouth duo Emily Goss, 13, and Catrin Tunnicliffe, 14, have already exhibited their skills at the British Championships.

Goss helped the southern region become national team champions in Birmingham earlier this year.

That came after she finished first in the south at grades level and was second in the challenge competition.

At county level, she was second overall and first on bars, floor and beam.

Goss said: ‘The top five girls in the south went on to the nationals where we competed as a team and individually against other regions. It was a really good experience.

‘We were very happy to win the team event.’

Tunnicliffe, who also represented the south in the nationals, with her team coming second overall, added: ‘I have done quite a few national competitions and we were pleased with our performance.’

Newcomer Summer Yeates has made a big impression at the club.

The 10-year-old talent has been training for just 10 months at the outstanding Alex Way gymnastics facility.

Coach Tina Field said: ‘Summer has only been in the gym since Christmas and has had outstanding results.

‘She has a fantastic work ethic and she is a bit of a star in the making.’

Other Portsmouth Gymnastic Club members showing great promise and picking up medals in county and regional competitions include Claudia Garner, seven, Maisie Fitzgerald, eight, Isabel Bromley, seven, Grace Gordon, nine, Grace Taylor, nine, Hannah Judden, 10, Emma Marklew, 12, Amber Farrington, 13, and also Kurtis Stanley, nine, in the boys section.