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School Sport: Staff praise Coopers Coborn gymnasts

PUBLISHED: 13:00 17 March 2017

Coopers under-19 girls celebrate on the podium

Coopers under-19 girls celebrate on the podium

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Upminster school lands national hat-trick

Coopers under-16 boys celebrate on the podiumCoopers under-16 boys celebrate on the podium

Staff from Coopers Coborn School paid tribute to the efforts of their pupils after landing an historic hat-trick of titles at the National Gymnastics finals at the weekend.

The under-13 and under-16 boys’ squads and under-19 girls were all crowned champions at Stoke-on-Trent and assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “It was a phenomenally successful weekend for Coopers. The students have worked so hard, for so long, perfecting their routines that these achievements are very well deserved.

“It’s a real team effort to achieve at this level and it’s down to the support of parents, external clubs and coaches, and the Coopers Foundation for their financial support, as well as the hours our committed students put in to attending school training, assisted by our older gymnasts who help to coach and inspire the upcoming generation.

“It really was fitting end for the under-16 boys team who defended their title with style and have been instrumental in developing boys’ gymnastics at the school. I’m incredibly proud of them all.”

Lizzie Anderson, PE teacher in charge of girls’ gymnastics and head of year 11, added: “The under-19 girls’ win was very emotional as it was Lauren Mitchell and Annabelle Hostler’s final year in the competition and the school.

“They have all grown and developed so much as a team and their title in a very competitive field which is always incredibly close and difficult to win was extra special.

“I am so happy for them and know they will be on cloud nine for the rest of the year!”

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