Huntingdon Gymnast, Louis Smith, was celebrating last night after winning a berth in the Great Britain Team for the Junior European Championships to be held in Slovenia next month.  At just 14 Smith will be the youngest member of the 5 man squad and now embarks on a period of intensive training at Lilleshall National Sports Centre.  His performance in the London Open event on Saturday was his best yet, finishing sixth overall in the senior competition and gaining top score from the Junior European Squad.  He worked superbly on his specialist event, the Pommel Horse, to gain a 9.6 from the judges, the highest score of the entire competition.  Coach Paul Hall was pleased with the result:

‘ Louis did a great job today, justifying his selection to the Team and showing that he has a realistic chance to gain a historic medal for his Country in the European Championships.  I am especially proud of his teammates Luke Folwell, who made reserve for the squad, and Robert Payne who has a great future as a senior performer- they are a credit to Huntingdon Gymnastics Club’.


In the under 16 category Ahmahd Thomas put in a steady show to win the silver medal and £50 prize money, scoring highest in the competition for a superb rings routine.  Daniel Keatings also struck silver in the under 14 event, narrowly losing to Ivan Bulyga of Hinckley Gymnastics Club.


Emma White was also busy at the weekend, when she represented her home nation of Scotland in the Celtic Cup International in Dublin, Ireland.  She put in a creditable performance on 4 apparatus, helping her team to bronze medal position behind Wales and Northern Ireland.  Club mate Lisa Haylock rounded off a successful period for the Club, qualifying as part of the East Region Team to go forward to National Voluntary finals in Kettering in April.  Her performance at the Ipswich event gained her a bronze medal in the all round competition.





  Huntingdon Gymnastics Club had another busy weekend when 5 of its elite girl gymnasts made the journey to Liverpool to compete in a major National event.  The Compulsory Level 2 national final involved gymnasts from around the Country trying to pass a grade in order to qualify for voluntary finals later in the year.  Helped by scores of 9.3 on floor and 9.15 on vault, 12 year old Marissa King performed extremely well, finishing first overall in her age group.  Teammate Kayleigh Cooke managed a 9.475 for her conditioning exercise and earned a bonze medal to join her friend on the rostrum.  Claire Stock also competed well, passing her grade and finishing in the top 8 of a high level field.


 In the Under 11 section, twins Tori and Kati Simpson both passed, with Tori finishing 8th and 9.425 for her conditioning routine, and Kati finishing 16th.  Head Coach, Paul Hall was happy with the competition: ‘The girls have worked very hard for the last 3 months and this result is reward for their efforts.  Or next step is to prepare voluntary exercises with the intention of gaining selection into the National Squad system.