Scarborough Gymnastics Academy quintet take step closer to European Championships

The SGA members selected  to train in phase three, are, from left, Alice Morbey, Megan Coates (MC), Damien Quinton, Abbie Davison, who narrowly missed out on qualification, Brodie Aziz and Megan Coates
The SGA members selected to train in phase three, are, from left, Alice Morbey, Megan Coates (MC), Damien Quinton, Abbie Davison, who narrowly missed out on qualification, Brodie Aziz and Megan Coates
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Five Scarborough Gymnastics Academy members have been selected to train in phase three of the TeamGym Zonal Squad programme in the run-up to the European Championships.

Damien Quinton and Brodie Aziz have been selected for the junior mens team, Megan Coates (MC) the junior mixed team, Alice Morbey the junior womens team and Megan Coates was chosen for the senior womens team.

This means they are one step closer to representing GB at the European Championships in October.

The standard was very high at the selection event so the gymnasts have done exceptionally well to make it through to the next stage.

Abbie Davison, who, although not selected, has improved amazingly during her time training with the Northern Zonal Squad.

SGA coach Nikii Walker said: “I would like to say a big thank you to all the Northern Squad coaches for the many voluntary hours put in to help develop gymnasts and for their advice and support, which has had a positive impact on everyone involved.”

Walker has been selected as a coach for the women’s teams in phase three, assisting in the development of the junior and senior women’s teams in the run-up to European Championships.

There were special gymnast awards up for grabs at the recent Inter Zonal European Championship Selection event in Bracknell.

The awards recognised the achievements of nominated gymnasts from each zone in these categories, Most Coach-able Gymnast, Most Inspirational Gymnast, Hardest Worker Award, Most Improved Floor Worker, Most Improved Tumble Worker and Most Improved Trampette Worker categories.

Walker added: “We are delighted to announce that three SGA gymnasts were recognised in the following categories; Most Improved Female Trampette Worker: Alice Morbey; Most Improved Male Tumble Worker: Damien Quinton; Most Improved Female Floor Worker: Megan Coates

Walker said: “Everyone at SGA is very proud, it is a great honour for the gymnasts to be acknowledged for their progress and hard work.

“This will be a fantastic experience for everyone, many congratulations.”

SGA also took part in the Northern Teamgym Qualifiers in Edinburgh.

The primary green team achieved a gold and gained qualification for the British Gymnastics Championship Series in Liverpool in July.

The girls primary micro team were awarded silver and the purple team were fifth overall and second on trampette.

This was the first event away from the gym for many gymnasts, ranging from the age of eight to 11, so the results were an amazing achievement.