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Hardy Lauren earns place at nationals
LAUREN Matthews was the star of the day as she won a gold and bronze medal to qualify for the national gymnastics championships in November.
She claimed gold on the floor and bronze on the beam as the Wycombe Gymnastics Academy had a weekend to remember at the Women’s Artistic Southern Region Championships in Reading.
More than 20 clubs were competing, but Wycombe scooped a total of 16 medals at the event, with eight golds and two overall regional champions.
Club founder and coach Dan Fearn said: “We’ve only been running ten months but we beat a lot of clubs that have been going for 30 years.
“We didn’t predict getting any medals this season because we’re a new club and this is our first competition. But we won shields and got places on the national squads.
“We’re also exceeding our expectations in terms of numbers – we’ve got 300 kids now and were aiming for about 220. It’s all good news.”
Matthews, who came fourth overall, was one of ten Wycombe girls taking part.
Izzy Beeny was also on top of her game as she was crowned Level Three 12/13 year old champion after winning gold on the bars.
Her score of 12.55 was 1.5 marks higher than silver.
She also took bronze on the beam and floor.
Also winning golds were Emma Lavery and Ellie Bowe.
Lavery won gold on the floor in the Level Four nine-year-old group, coming in tenth overall, while Bowe was the overall champion in the 10/11 year age group after winning the vault and the bars and following up with silver on the beam and bronze on the floor.
Lizzie McNally was also among the medals. She took silver in the 9/10 year group with an impressive overall score of 48.4.
Katie Burton was competing in the same category and finished 15th overall.
Meanwhile, Hannah Aldridge was taking part in her first ever regional competition and finished 16th out of 35 in the Level Five eight-year group.
Elsewhere, Lucie Pryor and Trisha Kumar were in the 10/11 year category, with Pryor coming home third overall after taking a joint gold on the vault and silver on the floor.
Kumar finished 11th overall.
Elsewhere, Ella Clarke and Izzy Clarke also took part.
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