Two sisters from Aislaby were part of the Scarborough Gymastics Academy teams which exceeded all expectations at the British National Team Gym Championships.
Three teams in total from the academy travelled to Fenton Manor in Stoke to compete – they had all qualified for the British finals after their successful performance at the Northern Qualifiers in March.
Freya Storr was part of the primary girls team for gymnasts aged between nine and 12. The team was up against tough competition from 11 other top qualifying teams from throughout the country.
Head coach at the academy, Evie Walker, said: “The competition was extremely challenging but the team were awarded second place on trampette and floor and seventh overall, which is a fantastic achievement.”
The junior girls’ team was next to compete, with Freya’s sister Evie among the 10 members between 12 and 16 representing the North, alongside Crewe & Nantwich & Diamonds (Halifax).
The Scarborough All Stars faced additional strong competition from the five other qualifying teams from the south.
The All Stars opened their competition with their floor routine, which showed lots of exciting formations and dynamic changes.
Evie said: “The routine was performed with lots of energy, style and enthusiasm.
“The excellent teamwork throughout the routine achieved a team-best score of 16.616
“The team moved on to perform their tumble routine and did extremely well, earning them a brilliant score of 15.90 and first place on Tumble.
“The team had been working really hard and improved the quality of the elements and connections ready for the British competition.
“Lastly, they competed their trampette routine which included increasingly difficult skills including double somersaults with twists and Tsukahara from the vault (Somersault vault).
“The team were on top form, landing all elements and achieved the top score of the junior women’s competition 14.350, meaning the junior girls’ team won the British Championship title for the first time.
“The team were awarded their first British Junior Gold gymnastics medal which is very difficult to achieve in the junior section and something we have been striving towards since competing nationally.
“A great team effort from all the national squad coaches has really paid off with hard work, dedication and belief in all of the gymnasts.
“This is the club’s biggest achievement to date. The results from this competition are fantastic and it’s something for everyone to be really proud of.
“Well done to the gymnasts who took part, thanks to all the parents and supporters who were fantastic and to the SGA coaching team who have worked hard with the teams increasing their skill levels and preparing them for this important national event.”