School Sport: Coopers gymnasts in fine form
PUBLISHED: 17:00 13 March 2014
Squads seal spots at national finals
Coopers Coborn pupils booked their place at the National Gymnastics Championships with fine displays at the county finals in Chelmsford.
The under-14 girls scored 58.4 on the vault and 61.1 on the floor to finish second, before the boys followed suit with scores of 58.0 and 52.9 as Harvey Whittlestone (14.7) and Khoa Nguyen (13.8) impressed.
And due to their combined performance, Coopers finished as the top under-14 mixed team and crowned Essex champions to seal their spot in Stoke in May.
The under-19 girls were also crowned county champions after an outstanding performance from all six of their squad.
Scores of 60.2 on the vault and 59.9 on the floor saw Coopers pip Haberdasher’s Aske by 0.2 of a point to join their younger schoolmates at the National finals.
Assistant head Mark Duncan said: “It was a brilliant result and very much down to the hard work and dedication of all gymnasts, who have turned up to school practice twice a week for many months.”
U14 boys: Harley Whittlestone, Khoa Nguyen, Bradley Gale, Jack Ellerton, Matthew Dye, Mark Roe.
U14 girls: Scarlett Folan, Kate Walker, Yolana Welch, Jessica Sexton-Barnes, Josephine Tang.
U19 girls: Alyshah De Vos, Jourdana Durrell, Annabelle Hostler, Lauren Mitchell, Ava Green, Millie Hodges.
n Coopers sent two under-16 teams to the National Trio Gymnastics finals last week, with both competing well on the big stage.
Whittlestone (14.8), Matthew Dye (13.75) and Jack Ellerton (14.5) combined well on the vault for the boys to score 43.050, before Mark Roe shone on the floor with a score of 14.0 in a team total of 40.330.
A best-ever performance of their trio routine saw Whittlestone, Ellerton and Roe score the fourth best mark of the event with 25.250 to secure fifth overall in the UK.
Duncan said: “It’s even more impressive when you consider the age of the team, all 12 years old competing in an under-16 event.
“They have trained exceptionally hard, developed real friendships and have many more years ahead to score even higher.”
Lauren Mitchell and Annabelle Hostler scored well in floor and vault for the mixed team, as year seven pupil Khoa Nguyen stepped in for the first time.
And their efforts were good enough for an eighth place finish, with Duncan adding: “The teams performed fantastically well in an extremely high standard event and coped with the pressure of a national event remarkably well.”
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