Stubbington Springboard Gymnastics Club claimed an impressive medal haul at the Hampshire Levels Championships.
Eleven-year-old Margot Wareham led the way with a series of strong performances to become level four senior champion.
She claimed medals on the vault and beam, finishing first and third, and completed a top display with fourth on the floor and sixth on the bars apparatus.
Ella Hartwell showed grit and determination beyond her years as she managed to compete through the pain barrier to finish third overall in the level five juniors.
The nine-year-old badly injured her hand in training the day before but chose to compete anyway and was rewarded with two individual medals.
She claimed gold on vault and bronze on beam, as well as coming sixth on bars and eighth on the floor.
Ellie-Mae Peach went one better in the same category, finishing second overall and achieving three medal positions.
A great competition saw her finish joint-first on the beam and third on both the vault and floor.
But she was denied overall gold by finishing only ninth on the bars.
The youngsters’ performances were made all the more impressive as they have only recently taken up the sport and were competing in just their third competition.
‘We were hoping they would get in the top six,’ said joint-head coach Sarah Yeomans.
‘For them to come second and third was beyond our wildest dreams because they are so inexperienced.’
As a result of the team’s achievement, all three gymnasts have qualified to represent Hampshire at the Southern Regional Levels Championships on September 21.
‘I would hope there is a very good chance of some individual medals at regionals,’ added Yeomans.
‘An overall medal would stop me talking for a month if that happened.’
The Fareham-based club has been constantly expanding since it was formed more than three years ago and they aim to build their own gymnastics centre to help cope with the rise in membership.
Fundraising events are regularly being run to help achieve their goal.
The outfit welcomes children of all ages to try out gymnastics. For more details, visit ss-gc.co.uk
– CHRIS HEPWORTH