Honiton gymnasts make impression at first competition of the year
15 gymnasts represent club at Bristol Invitational, bringing home two medals
15 gymnasts from Honiton Gymnastics Club performed at one of the highest-level grades competitions in the country at the weekend, at Yate international Gymnastics Centre, turning in credible performances.
The gymnasts flying the flag for Honiton –all competing at Grade 4 level—included representatives from all five acrobatic gymnastics disciples – a men’s group, two trios, a mixed pair, a women’s pair and a men’s pair.
The men’s 4, competing together for the first time, took first place in their event. Eight-year-old Max MacDonald took to the competition floor for the first time in his acrobatic gymnastics career, performing alongside experience competitors Devon Roe-Lavery, Joe Shackleton and Max Sharland. The group entertained the crowd and look set to have a strong future together as a partnership.
Eight-year-old Sasha Bailey was also competing in her first ever ‘acro’ competition with 11-year-old partner Kalani Dale, showing great promise for the future.
Bronze medals were brought home by men’s pair Dan Slator and Oliver Love. The experienced partnership continued their successful streak, which has included medals at a number of recent competitions.
In an extremely competitive tournament, which had 20+ partnerships in many categories, Honiton Gymnastics Club achieved the following results:
- Max Macdonald, Devon Roe-Lavery, Joe Shackleton and Max Sharland, Men’s 4: 1st
- Dan Slator and Oli Love , Men’s Pair: 3rd
- Dan Slator and Emily Mungovan, Mixed Pair: 6th
- Erin Blackmore, Olivia Wotton and Isla Eynon, Women’s Trio: 8th
- Evie Roberts, Christiana Wilson and Jess Downs, Women’s Trio:13th
- Kalani Dale and Sasha Bailey, Women’s Pair: 24th
The gymnasts will compete again in five weeks’ time (again at Yate International Gymnastics Centre) at the South West Prelims, where they will be joined by another 50 Honiton gymnasts. Winners of the SW Prelims will go through to the national finals in Stoke, while second and third place will compete at the Inter-regional finals in Southampton.Tags: acrobatic gymnastics