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Natalie Porter of SUKI Gymnastics Club
Natalie Porter of SUKI Gymnastics Club
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NATALIE PORTER heads the list of SUKI gymnasts aiming to impress at the Heathrow International Open starting tomorrow.

The three-day event will see many of Great Britain’s top aerobic gymnasts line up against foreign opposition.

Action takes place in all three codes – recreational, national and international – making for spectacular viewing.

Gosport-based club SUKI have more than 20 gymnasts aiming to make their mark in the event, hosted at the Bracknell Leisure Centre.

In the senior age group, Porter will begin her campaign on Saturday, hoping to make the top eight of the international aerobic qualifying and reach Sunday’s final.

She’s ready to make an impression.

Porter said: ‘I’m keen and raring to go.

‘It’s a good competition with clubs from other countries taking part.

‘The routines must be of a very high standard.

‘Any small mistake will be costly.’

Also in international qualifying action on Saturday are SUKI duo Sian Bennett and Phoebe Moran.

They are each coached by Porter.

And she believes the duo will make a strong impression with their routines in the 12-14 year age group of the Federation de International Gymnastics competition.

‘If all three of us get into the finals on Sunday, that will be pretty awesome,’ said Porter.

‘I think Sian and Phoebe have got a really good chance.

‘They have been looking really neat, and clean and tidy.

‘Both are looking really good.

‘We will see what happens on the day.

‘Eight of the 18 competitors in the age group are GB gymnasts, including Sian and Phoebe.

‘The rest are from abroad, so we don’t know what sort of routines they will do.

‘But it will be a really good experience for them.

‘They have moved up an age group but they are used to competing and the pressure involved.’

The trio will all be hoping to be in action in the finals on Sunday, with medals due to be presented at 4.45pm.