New Portsmouth squad collect medals on dazzling debut

Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre's newly-formed boys' squad
Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre's newly-formed boys' squad
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The boys’ squad from Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre showed their strength by collecting 47 medals at the Southern Region Championships.

The competition was hosted by the Alex Way club.

It was the first event for the new squad together and they picked up all-around medals in every age group they entered.

Ethan Jackson-Lowe won the under-eight age group and Faris Akhtar was second.

The duo won eight more apparatus medals between them.

Samuel Owen also showed great promise, finishing eighth all around.

In the under-10 age group, Connor Sullivan, Alfie Ball, Dylan Harris and Louie Knowles all performed well to record strong results.

Sullivan led the way in third place, with medals on rings, vault, parallel bars, high bar, and a gold for his pommel routine.

Joshua Windebank shone for Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre (PGC) in the under-12 age group to take the title.

Windebank took apparatus medals on floor and pommel, as well as winning gold on rings and high bar.

Tommy Welton also competed well to finish 21st.

In the under-14 category, James Leaver took overall gold, with Louis Brunnen second and Joseph Devine taking the bronze to make it an all-PGC podium.

Kurtis Stanley finished sixth all around and his perfect parallel bar routine won the gold for that apparatus, while Harry Hayes picked up three silver medals.

Sam Budden won the under-16s with brilliant new routines.

He also took the gold medals on every piece of apparatus.