Top gymnasts put on a great show in Portsmouth for Southern Region Levels Championships

Claudia Garner on the beam. Picture: Mick Young (151350-07 )
Claudia Garner on the beam. Picture: Mick Young (151350-07 )
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SOME spectacular performances from Portsmouth’s artistic gymnasts lit up the Southern Region Levels Championships.

Places to represent Team South were up for grabs in the two-day competition.

Ella Hartwell. Picture: Paul Jacobs (151680-9)

Ella Hartwell. Picture: Paul Jacobs (151680-9)

It was the biggest event of its kind held in Portsmouth, with gymnasts and spectators packing out the world class Alex Way facility.

Four squad members from hosts Portsmouth Gymnastics Club (PGC) secured in-age national final places.

On day one, PGC’s level three out of age trio, Claudia Garner, Emily Shears and Grace Taylor went up against 16 other gymnasts from 10 good clubs.

Garner’s clean, classy, and confident routines caught the eye as she finished as the overall champion and won gold medals on all apparatus except the vault.

Team-mate Shears also shone to finish second overall and second on bars and floor.

Grace Taylor secured third place on floor with a quirky new routine.

On the second day the rest of the out-of-age girls were in action.

Level four gymnast Tasia Reed secured third-place overall and gained first on vault, while her club-mate Hallie Parkes came 13th.

The level four senior champion title went to PGC’s Ella Hartwell with golds on all apparatus except the beam.

And level two gymnast Hannah Judden matched Hartwell’s results with the overall title and gold medals on all apparatus apart from floor.

PGC’s espoir and senior challenge gymnasts, Summer Yeates and Emily Goss, showed their experience by producing amazing beam routines.

Both finished first on the beam and were on the podium in the overall standings.

Across the in-age competition, the skill level was out of this world with national final places up for grabs.

More than 50 gymnasts were in action in level five.

PGC Gymnast, Kirsten Jonker, eight, starred on floor to finish with the silver medal and fifth overall.

PGC had nine gymnasts performing at in-age level four.

Anais Saunders excelled under pressure to claim silver overall and seal her place on Team South in the national finals.

Saunders also picked up gold on floor and bronze on vault and beam.

Club-mates Sienna Chantry-Jowett, Summer Harris, Poppy McBride, Lexie Mullins, Amelia Hornick, Emily Tait, Ruby Savage and Hermionie Jones performed well at this top level.

Niamh Hilton and Olivia Dawson achieved good results on the level four pathway, finishing first and second overall and earning medals on all the apparatus.

Georgia Luff, nine, dazzled judges as she secured second overall at in-age level three. She finished first on beam and second on floor.

Comfort Yeates produced a powerful performance on vault which gained her the silver medal and helped seal fifth place overall to cement her place as reserve for the nationals.

Sydney Whittle did well to secure third on floor, while rising-star Ellie Mae Peach finished seventh overall after performing some big skills.

PGC director of gymnastics, Samantha Maggs said: ‘All at PGC are very pleased by the results.

‘We just want to wish the girls and the boys luck in their national finals.’