Kurtis inspires brilliant boys

Picture: Steve Reid (123014-530)
Picture: Steve Reid (123014-530)
Portsmouth gymnasts impressed in Jersey

Portsmouth gymnasts enjoy successful Jersey trip

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Kurtis Stanley spearheaded a strong local contingent at the Tom Wilson Invitational in Milton Keynes.

Stanley, 10, Jak Holley, nine, Tommy Welton, eight, Dylan Harris, seven, Joshua Windebank, eight, Connor Hitchcock, eight, and Thomas Teunissen, seven, all made the trip from Portsmouth Gymnastics Club (PGC).

Taking confidence from his superb performance at the Southern Region Championships, Stanley excelled.

He grabbed a second place on the rings and third-place finishes on the floor and vault.

Those displays were enough to propel him to third in the overall standings.

In addition, Stanley has again been selected for the southern regions as he continues to make impressive progress with the club.

‘It was a good result for Kurtis,’ said PGC coach Samantha Maggs.

‘It’s great for his confidence. He’s training hard along with the rest of the squad, who all performed very well in Milton Keynes.’

Harris, competing in level one, also delivered some notable displays.

He came first on the high bar, second on the rings and his floor routine saw him placed third.

In the overall competition, he finished in fourth place.

There was plenty for all the young gymnasts to celebrate.

And they were supported by coach Anne Pearcey, who worked on the routines with the boys.

She proudly watched as the dedication of the squad paid dividends.