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School Sport: Coopers pupils jumping for joy

PUBLISHED: 10:00 06 March 2015

Coopers Coborn's gymnasts had more success at the Essex Team Floor & Vault Championships

Coopers Coborn's gymnasts had more success at the Essex Team Floor & Vault Championships

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Gymnasts secure spots at national finals

Coopers Coborn gymnasts enjoyed more success at the Essex Championships to secure their place at the National Finals in May.

The Upminster school entered four teams in the Floor & Vault event at Chelmsford and saw their under-14 boys and under-19 girls crowned county champions.

Floor routines had to last 60 seconds and include six linked agilities, while the vaults had to be performed twice with consistent execution.

Harley Whittlestone, Jack Ellerton, Mark Roe, Matthew Dye, Khoa Nguyen and Bradley Gale combined to good effect for the boys, while Annabelle Hostler, Lauren Mitchell, Alyshah De Vos, Josephine Tang, Emilia Martino and Jourdanna Durrell linked up for the girls.

The under-14 girls squad of Kate Walker, Scarlet Folan, Yasmin Corbet, Jessica Sexton-Barnes and Faith Everett finished third in their section, whiel the under-19 boys were fifth.

George Hurley, Evan Michaels, Daniel Barrett, Kyle Constable, Shane Macaree and Sam Woodgate represented Coopers in the eldest group and assistant head Mark Duncan said: “Our gymnasts have been practising extremely hard to perfect their performances.

“It is a very impressive result for the under-14 boys, especially as four of them are only in year seven. It’s a great start to their career in school gymnastics and a brilliant learning experience for them.

“It’s been an absolutely brilliant season for our gymnasts so far, with two National Finals on the horizon.”

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