Fareham stars turn on the style

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Fareham gymnasts are on a high after recording a series of impressive recent results.

It’s been a busy time, with intermediate, advanced and squad gymnasts all in action.

Six members from the Fareham School of Gymnastics recently made the grade with good showings at county level.

Three of the club’s gymnasts gained podium positions.

Amy Fripp led the way as she became county champion at grade nine.

Kirsten Holmes secured third overall in the same grade and finished in top spot on the floor and vault.

Emily Allen also picked up overall third in grade 10 and she was in top position on the floor.

Ava Watch, who was competing at this level for the first time, also passed, along with Amy Shepherd and Eleanor Young to complete a great set for Fareham at the Basingstoke event.

This was followed up by some great performances at two invitational competitions in Chichester.

Fareham club development co-ordinator Ken Dimmer said: ‘Four gymnasts were overall winners in their level and age category, across the four piece competition of asymmetric bars, vault, floor and beam.

‘The competition standard was high with some of the top clubs from East and West Sussex competing, many of whom work out of purpose built gymnastics centres.’

The four overall champions were Ella Collins (intermediate under-nines), Laura Vahey (bronze 13-15 years), Charlotte Pitcher (level five, modified, 11 and 12 years) and Sophie Wood (level four, modified, 14 and 15 years).

There were also many fine performances on individual apparatus.

Gold medals went to Isabel Hopley, Ruby Tryon, Ella Collins, Millie Wood, Jasmine Fletcher, Jodie Conduct, Laura Vahey, Edward Sawkins-Brown, Charlotte Pitcher and Sophie Wood.

Other medallists were Sophie Pitcher, Rebecca Johnson, Amber Thomson, Jaime Rowlands, Esme Scovell, Hannah Williams, Millie Bradbury, Kaitlyn Harvey, Poppy Gaylor, Katie Ayling, Charlotte Buckler, Roseby Scovell and Emma Ward.

The club now has more than 400 members and are looking to build their own training centre.

If anyone can help out with sponsorship to raise crucial funds, contact Ken Dimmer through the club website fsog.co.uk