Notts Gymnasts Enjoy Success at East Midlands Grades

Categories // Women's artistic

Sunday 18th March saw a host of Notts women’s artistic competitors take part in the East Midlands Grades championships.

In the morning session, gymnasts deserved an award just for making it to the venue having battled through snow and ice, but our intrepid gymnasts weren’t put off by the cold and kicked of the competition taking part in the National 4 and National 2 categories.

All of the Notts National 4 competitors passed their grade, with 5 of our gymnasts achieving a “commended” pass. A special mention must go to Bella Saunders-Lucas who also won the silver medal in this category having put in strong performances across the board, achieving the 2nd highest score on vault, the 3rd highest mark on bars and the best mark of the competition on beam.

In the National 2 competition, Notts was represented by 6 gymnasts, all of whom passed the grade. Poppy Robinson and Katie Watson also had top 5 finishes in the open age and in-age competitions respectively, and Katie also achieved a distinction by scoring over 60.00 marks across the 5 required apparatus, which is a fantastic achievement!

The afternoon’s competition saw Notts gymnasts competing in National 3, National prep 5, compulsory 5 and a warm up competition for compulsory 2.

Two gymnasts represented Notts in the compulsory 2 warm up – Bea Hill and Grace Davies. Both girls competed well and made the most of their opportunity to practice their routines ahead of their national competition which will take place in May.

In the compulsory 5 competition Xyla Parris and Freya Lacey took part in their first regional competition and both achieved passes, a fantastic achievement for their first competition at a challenging grade.

National 3 had a lone competitor representing Notts, Niamh Lehane, but she didn’t let this put her off and she earned a commended pass achieving the 2nd highest mark of the competition in Range and conditioning along the way, and placing 9th overall in the event.

The final competition for the Notts gymnasts was National Prep 5, a new grade introduced to the region this year. Our 3 gymnasts all surpassed the pass mark by over 10 points, claiming some fantastic marks along the way! Sofia Granton-Crowe and Katie Donaghey both scored 12.667 on beam to equal each other with the highest beam mark of the day, whilst Lily Reyes proved that consistency across the board can be the key to success with her marks earning her the overall National Prep 5 regional title!

We are very proud of all of our gymnasts achievements from what was a very long day of competition and would also like to congratulate their coaches for their hard work to prepare the gymnasts so well. Congratulations from all at #TeamNotts.

Please see the full list of passes below.

National 4

Bella Saunders-Lucas – Commended, silver Medal

Adele Brown - Commended

Lexi Siddons - commended

Anna Bianchi – Commended

Lori Prentice - Commended

Violet Billingham – Pass

National 3

Niamh Lehane - Commended

National 2

Katie Watson - Distinction

Poppy Robinson – Commended

Erin Scott - Pass

Amy Harper - Pass

Lara Hill – Pass

Alice Oldershaw - Pass

Compulsory 5

Xyla Parris – Pass

Freya Lacey - Pass

National Prep 5

Lily Reyes – Pass, Gold Medal

Katie Donaghey – Pass

Sofia Granton Crowe - Pass


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