School Sport: Coopers gymnasts on cloud nine

PUBLISHED: 11:30 13 February 2017

Coopers Coborn's successful gymnastics squad face the camera

Coopers Coborn's successful gymnastics squad face the camera


Upminster pupils earn trip to National Finals

Coopers Coborn saw no fewer than nine of their teams qualify for the National Gymnastics Trio finals in March, after dominating at the East Region event before the half-term break.

The Upminster School sent a total of 10 teams to the qualifying competition, which invovlved performances on the floor and vault as well as a group routine to music.

Gymnasts were scored on their execution of various skills, with extra credit given for control, creativity and composition, with the top two teams in each age group earning trips to Stoke on Trent for the finals.

And Coopers proceeded to sweep the floor with their rivals, as the under-13 boys, under-16 boys, under-16 mixed, under-19 girls and under-19 mixed teams all came out on top in their categories.

The under-13 and under-16 girls also qualified after finishing second, with the under-13 and under-16 boys’ B teams finishing as runners-up behind their schoolmates to complete the impressive list of finalists.

The under-13 girls B team just missed out in third place, but assistant headteacher Mark Duncan said: “We have nine teams and 30 students competing at the National Finals in March – our most ever!

“The success is due to the students dedicating many, many hours of practise each week, perfecting routines and vaults, making many mistakes along the way, but always striving to improve moves and agilities in order to score maximum marks.

“It’s fantastic to see so many students through to the finals and it is testament to their hard work and enthusiasm towards the sport.”

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