School Sport: Coopers gymnasts claim county hat-trick
PUBLISHED: 09:00 10 March 2017
Teams book trips to national floor & vault finals
Coopers Coborn School were in stunning form at the Essex Gymnastics Floor & Vault competition in Chelmsford last Wednesday.
The event was the biggest in the country with 50 teams taking part, including four from Coopers, and the students all performed superbly on the day.
The under-19 boys’ team of Jack Ellerton, Oliver Ward, Luke Peckett, Ciaran Cheung and Khoa Nguyen proved unstoppable as they struck gold in style.
And they were more than matched by the under-19 girls who earned even more points on their way to gold.
Their team was made up of Annabelle Hostler, Lauren Mitchell, Josephine Tang, Faith Everett, Jess Sexton-Barnes and Rachel Vickers.
With the older gymnasts celebrating, the youngsters also took to the floor and showed what they can do.
Lewis Ross, Enoch Tang, Shayne Macaree, Daniel Barrett, Barney Saggers and Joe Waller earned the under-14 boys’ team a third gold medal for Coopers on the day.
The only team to just miss out on a medal were the under-14 girls’ team of Grace Ewenson, Isabel Berry, Zara Henstock, Melissa Knight, Issy Reid and Caitlin Turner who finished in fourth place.
The three winning teams now go through to the National Finals which take place on Sunday, May 7.
Assistant head teacher Mark Duncan was delighted with the result, saying: “This was our most successful result at the county round in recent years and shows the depth and popularity of gymnastics at the school right now.
“The students, no doubt inspired by Team GB gymnasts, have committed many house of training both at school and at local clubs.
“Being a former gymnast myself, it really is great to see the sport ‘flying’ at the school – both boys and girls – with so many attending the school club week after week.”
This weekend sees the first national event with nine teams flying the school flag at the Milano Trio Finals in Stoke-on-Trent.