Trio preparing to rise to the challenge as they get set for nationals

3/8/12_SR'Amelia Rogers at the Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre in Alexandra Park.''Picture: Steve Reid (122582-551)
3/8/12_SR'Amelia Rogers at the Portsmouth Gymnastics Centre in Alexandra Park.''Picture: Steve Reid (122582-551)
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PORTSMOUTH gymnasts are gearing up to perform on the national stage this weekend.

Jamie Lee Fantham, Amelia Rogers and Maisie Lloyd-Jones, all aged 10, compete tomorrow at level three in the voluntary age groups British National Championships at the Guildford Spectrum.

They could also be joined by Katie Church, 9, who is reserve for Sunday’s level four category.

The Portsmouth Gymnastics Club (PGC) members are ready to step up against the cream the country has to offer.

Confidence is high after a superb performance last time out at the Bill Slater Championships.

Twenty-five teams from all over the UK battled it out at the Europa Centre in Kent.

Fantham, Rogers and Lloyd-Jones were star performers for the PGC team.

They relished the challenge against older gymnasts from other clubs to fire the team to 13th overall.

Coach Sam Maggs was happy with the way the squad performed.

She said: ‘PGC entered a young side to showcase the fabulous talent that is emerging, although most teams within the competition put out much older and experienced groups.

‘With four of Portsmouth’s team members only just being old enough to enter – what they lacked in experience they made up for in talent and promise.’

PGC made a bright start on the bars but then had to overcome some slips on the beam.

Rogers started the recovery with her beam display.

National squad member Fantham then showed her promise with a spectacular floor routine.

Maggs added: ‘Amelia had a fantastic beam routine and landed well on difficult elements and the all-important dismount.

‘Jamie Lee gave the judges a real treat with impressive tumbles and dynamic dance to secure the fifth-highest score of the day on the floor.’

Lloyd-Jones and Catrin Tunnicliffe then put in solid performances on the vault and Emily Goss landed a difficult piked yurchenko vault to ensure PGC finished the competition on a high.