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School Sport: Coopers pupils jumping for joy

PUBLISHED: 09:00 17 March 2017

Coopers Coborn's under-13 teams face the camera

Coopers Coborn's under-13 teams face the camera

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School lands hat-trick of national gymnastics titles

Coopers Coborn's under-16 and under-19 squads face the cameraCoopers Coborn's under-16 and under-19 squads face the camera

Coopers Coborn pupils were jumping for joy after landing a hat-trick of British titles at the Milano Team National Gymnastics finals in Stoke-on-Trent.

The Upminster school had seen nine teams qualify from the regional finals for the event – the most of any in the country – and their under-19 girls were crowned champions on Friday after an incredible competition.

Only 0.4 points separated the top three teams and success was extra special for Coopers as year 13s Lauren Mitchell and Annabelle Hostler performed together for the final time.

Mitchell scored 14.460 on the floor and 15.300 on vault, while Hostler scored 14.800 and 14.750 and Josephine Tang recorded 14.400 and 15.200.

Their group routine was marked 25.950 and assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “It was an amazing result for the girls, who have never won this title before.

“Outstanding team spirit was shown by all three girls, throughout training and competition.”

The under-16 boys defended their title, as Harley Whittlestone (13.430; 15.000), Mark Roe (12.450; 14.300) and Jack Ellerton (13.480; 15.300) showed all their experience of five years together as a team.

A group score of 22.300 saw them finish with 106.260 points overall and Duncan added: “They entered the same event in year seven and have grown in confidence each year with all three giving solid performance under the pressure of the national spotlight.

“Their attendance at theses finals was in doubt due to recent injury and illnesses but they made it and were fantastic role models all week in what may be their last time performing together as a trio.”

And Coopers completed their hat-trick on Saturday as the under-13 boys came out on top in their section with an overall score of 106.100.

Joe Waller (14.100; 15.000); Ross Bishop (11.500; 14.600) and Barney Saggers (13.500; 14.900) combined to good effect, scoring 22.500 in the group display, on their national debuts.

Duncan added: “They managed to control their nerves and score in the upper echelons with the best under-13 floor and vault scores of the day.

“Joe was also the highest individual scorer of the day with Barney a close second and their ‘James Bond’ team routine was well-timed and confidently performed after many hours of practice.”

The under-19 mixed squad of Emma Reid, Jessica Sexton-Barnes, Rachel Vickers and Ciaran Cheung just missed out on a podium after finishing fourth, after a well-delivered group performance and controlled individual routines of creativity and powerful vaulting.

And the newly-formed under-16 mixed squad of Oliver Ward (13.050; 14.900), Faith Everett (13.900; 15.200), Melissa Knight (14.00 floor) and Scarlett Folan (15.300 vault) produced an energetic team performance to finish in an excellent fifth place.

The under-16 boys B team of Enoch Tang, Daniel Barrett, Shayne Macaree and Luke Peckett finished seventh with a team score of 96.250, beating several A teams, and the under-13 boys B team of Christopher Brown, Daniel Edwards and Rhys Harding were also seventh after some great vaults and controlled floor routines.

The under-13 girls showed grit and determination, after Zara Henstock suffered an eye injury in training a week earlier, to finish 12th out of 24 teams in a highly-competitive section.

Henstock combined with Grace Ewenson and Isabel Berry to score 106.750 points overall, while the under-16 girls’ squad of Emilia Martino, Kate Walker and Ava Handley also executed their routines well, after weeks of hard training, to finish 15th out of 24 teams.

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