On the 10th and 11th May the Elite Gymnastic Squad from Tonbridge Grammar School represented the South East Region at the British Schools National Gymnastic Finals at Fenton Manor, Stoke.
The competition on Saturday was Acrobatics and Tumbling, and after winning at the Regional competition in March it was fantastic to see TGS competing in the Under 14 Tumbling, Under 14 Girls Pair, Under 14 Girls Group and the Over 14 Girls Group.
Jasmine Wynter performed well in the U14 Tumbling competition and achieved 11th position out of 26 competitors. The U14 Pair (Leah McCarthy and Kitty Wells) competed against strong opposition to achieve 4th position, which was a fantastic achievement and special recognition needs to go to Emily Cynk (Year 10 student) who choreographed their routine!
Both the U14 and O14 Groups worked very hard in the build up to the competition. This was made even more difficult after an injury the week before meant Maddy Wells was no longer able to perform and Verity Platt had to step in at the last minute! The teams performed well on the day, and the standard of competition was extremely high! Both groups achieved 4th position- narrowly missing the opportunity of a medal once again!
The Sunday competition was Team Floor and Vault, where our U14 squad were competing. TGS have never qualified for the National Finals of Floor and Vault before so it was an outstanding achievement to reach this stage! The young team were made up from Year 7 and 8 students – Jasmine Wynter, Kitty Wells, Leah McCarthy, Isabel Kerslake, Georgia Menhinick, and Eleanor Barrett – who all performed to a high standard with Jasmine Wynter scoring the third highest individual floor routine of the day! Overall the team finished 4th…however all medal winning teams were from independent schools…so TGS were the highest placed state school in Britain! Amazing result!
Well done to all students involved in the Elite Gymnastics Squad – you have all worked tirelessly since September to achieve all of this! And finally a special thanks must go to Mrs Cattoor who volunteers her time to coach the squad, and Lisa Broadbent for her choreography of the routines.