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Coopers pupils on a high as gymnastcs land a quadruple

PUBLISHED: 11:00 16 March 2018

Coopers under-19 boys are the East Region floor & vault champions

Coopers under-19 boys are the East Region floor & vault champions

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Coopers Coborn pupils were jumping for joy once again after four of their teams were crowned East Regiona floor and vault champions at Chelmford.

Coopers under-14 boys are the East Region floor & vault champions Coopers under-14 boys are the East Region floor & vault champions

It is the first time the Upminster school has claimed a quadruple in their history and the pupils will now go on to the national finals on the weekend of May 5-6.

Each gymnast had to compete in a floor routine lasting up to 60 seconds and perform a vault in front of British Gymnastics judges.

And Coopers came out on top in every category against some of the best gymnastics schools from across the region, including Haberdashers’ Askes and Royal Masonic School.

The under-14 boys’ squad of Rhys Harding, Barney Saggers, Chris Brown, Joe Waller and Ross Bishop totalled 110.80 points to claim victory in their section, while the under-14 girls piled up 112.5 points thanks to Isabel Berry, Grace Ewenson, Issy Reid, Caitlan Turner, Melissa Knight and Zoe Corbett.

Coopers under-14 girls are the East Region floor & vault champions Coopers under-14 girls are the East Region floor & vault champions

The under-19 boys were crowed with 111.15 points, thanks to the combined efforts of Harley Whittlestone, Jack Ellerton, Oliver Ward, Ciaran Cheung, Enoch Tang and Daniel Barrett and the girls finished with 117.0 points, just half a point ahead of the second-placed team.

Their squad included Josephine Tang, Faith Everett, Jess Sexton-Barnes, Scarlett Folan, Kate Walker and Yolana Welch and these latest successes come after the school’s elder students landed two national titles last year.

Assistant head Mark Duncan said: “Gymnastics is quite literally flying at the school right now and it is an exciting time to be involved for all of the students.

“Their success is very much deserved and is due to the countless hours of practice and training they are putting in throughout the week perfecting their routines.

Coopers under-19 girls are the East Region floor & vault champions Coopers under-19 girls are the East Region floor & vault champions

“We are now looking to develop our expertise in the sport further by linking up with Catleaps Gymnastics Club – who are based at Coopers – even more and hope that this can be a springboard to even more opportunities for our students in the future.”

Coopers students head to Stoke this weekend for the National finals of the gymnastics trio competition, with others set to compete in biathlon at Crystal Palace on Sunday as they chase more glory.

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