THE talented Portsmouth acrobatics squad made a flying start to the new competition season.
Six pairs competed from the south-coast club at the Buckinghamshire Open, in Milton Keynes, and they returned with five gold medals and a silver.
Coach Imogen Berryman saw the first competition as ideal preparation for bigger challenges ahead.
She said: ‘We were all pleased with how they performed and the progress they have made at Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre.
‘We know there will be much tougher competitions.
‘But it was a great start that we can build upon as the season progresses.’
The gold rush started with Hallie Parkes and Vanita Smith, in their first acrobatic gymnastics competition, performing really well at grade three to take first place.
At Grade four, Morgan Dunmore and Sophia Giordano took silver.
Giordano showed no signs of nerves in her first competition.
It was also good to see Dunmore do so well in her debut as a base.
The trio of Robyn Nightingale, Hannah Teal and Lauren Copestake successfully completed their balance routine with no big errors to seal first place.
This was very pleasing as grade five required a big jump in difficulty.
Chloe Bowman and Francesca Wilson took gold with their balance routine which was a great achievement as Wilson had been forced to restrict her training due to injury.
For the first time PGC acro squad entered partnerships at FIG 11-16 international level and Maddy Pharoah and Millie Smith performed their balance routine beautifully to take gold in the pairs event with the top score of the day.
The trio of Amy Dapson, Caitlin Robson and Ellena Bekker performed a dynamic routine with many new moves to add another victory.