PGC dominate podium spots with emphatic displays

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Portsmouth GYMNASTICS CLUB have a had a great start to the year at all levels of competition.

Both the women’s and men’s squads are well represented after top elite coach Adam Paterson has joined the team, bringing with him a very talented group.

The regional girls’ squad delivered a spectacular display of medal winners in a very exciting Hampshire competition.

In regional grade five, all five Portsmouth (PGC) girls finished in the top six overall.

They recorded several first places and also some runner-up spots.

It was a great showing from the club, who have also been delivering success on the regional and national stages in recent months.

Poppy McBride took the title with a beautiful clean competition, Amelia Hornik secured second, Anya Middleton finished third, Emily Tait took fourth and Hermione Jones finished sixth.

The regional grade four girls followed suit to produce similar results.

Olivia Dawson took first place after a tidy and dynamic display, followed by Tasia Reeds sealing second spot, Olivia Pinchbeck finishing third, Niamh Hilton in sixth and Aimee Helps securing 10th.

Regional grade three gymnast Grace Markey also took the first spot.

Her excellent performances were backed up well as the runner-up place was secured by Lily Stephenson, with Gabriella Noviello finishing in fifth position.

PGC girls coach Nicola Baker said: ‘The girls have been training really hard, their extra conditioning has paid off and they all looked lovely.’

Samantha Maggs, director of gymnastics added: ‘PGC are so proud they all passed with distinction and qualified for the Southern Region Championships.’

Meanwhile, Portsmouth gymnast Sam Budden competed in the senior British Championships at the Echo Arena, in Liverpool.

Budden delivered a good performance.

He competed in the under-16s and despite a couple of errors, finished a very respectable 21st in Great Britain.

It was an extremely positive result for the Year-11 schoolboy.

He showed he has plenty of talent and impressed those watching on.

Paterson said: This was a very pleasing result for Sam.

‘He is very committed to his education but still finds time to pursue his career in gymnastics to a high level.

‘I hope he and the rest of the boys can build on this great result.’

PGC also had representatives who competed in the English Championships in Loughborough.

This event is annually staged for top gymnasts who work from the international code book of gymnastics on podium staged equipment.

Gymnasts Emily Goss, Maisie Lloyd-Jones, Budden, Louis Brunnen, Jack Helps, Joseph Devine, James Leaver, Harry Hayes and Kurtis Stanley all represented Portsmouth well to secure some good scores at this big event.

They showed the hard work they put in with their training has paid off with excellent routines.

The younger talents coming through at PGC have also impressed to finish third in the conditioning league with much-improved scores.

PGC is based on Alex Way, PO2 9AD. For more information telephone (023) 9266 0589.