Acrobatic success in Poland.
Twenty-seven gymnasts from the Moelwyn and West Street Gymnastics Clubs represented Wales in Poland for the Rzeszow International Cup on the first weekend of October.
The contest had gymnasts aged from 8 - 14 competing at the event and 22 of the Welsh gymnasts made it through to the final on Sunday the 9th.
Welsh gymnasts dominated the 8 - 14 age group with the women’s pair of Rebecca Davies and Summer Painter winning gold and the women’s group featuring Millie Jackson, Georgina Matthews and Mia Jenkins took silver. They were pipped to the gold by just 0.1.
In the 11 - 16 age category there was strong competition from a number of countries but three of Wales’ women’s groups made it into the top eight and competed in the finals. The women’s group featuring Jessica Morris, Bronwen Maine and Keira Wemyss secured the bronze medal after qualifying in 4th place.
Both of the women’s groups qualified for the final in the 12 to 18 age group category. The women’s group of Mari Davies, Rhiannon Maine and Hannah Jenkins just missed out on the medals in a tightly fought category. The finished just 0.1 off bronze, 0.2 off silver and just 0.3 off gold.
In the 13 - 19 age category women’s pair Lowri Evans and Olivia Street achieved their highest score ever of 27.25 to qualify for the finals. This was also the highest score of all the Welsh gymnasts at the competition. The pair finished second behind Belarus, but only by 0.1. The girls were elated to improve on their performances since the British championships. This achievement is significant as Olivia is still only 12 – she doesn’t turn 13 until the end of this month.
The gymnasts and their families would like to thank Emily Stock for traveling to the competition to judge for Wales and thanks also goes to all of the coaches for their help and guidance.