Magic Maisie takes to the floor

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Pupils welcome British gymnast

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Portsmouth talent Maisie Lloyd-Jones has seen her sparkling recent performances recognised with a place in the England squad.

Her sensational displays in the English Championships in Wigan caught the eye of the international selectors.

She won floor and came second on vault – on her way to finishing eighth overall in women’s artistic espoir.

She is now the top gymnast of her age group in the country on floor.

That huge achievement has helped secure her spot in the England ranks.

She travelled to Aldershot last weekend to meet up with the other members of the England espoir squad.

The top juniors and seniors also attended the three-day training camp.

It was very intensive on Saturday especially, with the gymnasts working from morning through to evening.

Portsmouth Gymnastics Club coach John Heathcote said: ‘It’s brilliant for Maisie.

‘She’s doing so well. We are aware that Amanda Reddin, the Great Britain senior coach, is keeping a close eye on her.’

Lloyd-Jones will be in action in the National Compulsory 1 competition this month.

Her Portsmouth Gymnastics Club team-mates Summer Yeates and Hannah Judden will also be competing in the nationals.

Yeates put in a stunning performance at the southern regionals.

She recorded overall victory at grade seven with a dominant performance.

Heathcote said: ‘Summer had a tremendous day.

‘She won four of the five pieces of apparatus and came second on the other.’

Judden was also in good form as she came third at southern region grade eight.

Both the Portsmouth duo, who train at the club’s Alex Way base, in Stamshaw, will now be part of the southern region squads this month.