Gymnasts bring home the medals

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Sudbury’s elite girls squad came back from the Suffolk Voluntary Levels competition in Ipswich with some excellent results.

With the levels beginning at seven and increasing in difficulty going down, Sudbury had golds and silvers at seven and five and a silver at six.

Dara Bevan (under-11), competing for the first time at level seven since joining the elite squad, claimed first place with a strong performance.

Second-placed Kirsty Dinnell (under-9) only missed out on taking first by 0.1 of a mark while the youngest squad member, Eloise Hayward, (under-7) gave a confident performances on all four pieces to come fourth out of 15.

At level six, Hollie Hayward (under-10) took silver, also narrowly missing out on gold by 0.1 of a mark .

Evie Stokes-Shinn claimed gold and Helena Read-Luxton silver at level five in the under-11 category after good clean routines.

After a break from levels, Emily Hookway (over-11) took the silver medal.

Sudbury had two girls competing at level four, where the difficulty of the moves continues to increase.

Ebony Tait (OOA 10-11 category) conquered her fears and completed her back flip on the beam, coming seventh overall.

Becky Lawrence (OOA 12-13 category) succeeded in her goal of competing giant-backaway on bars for the first time, placing her fourth.

This allowed her to compete in the regional finals where she upped her performance by adding another giant and also sticking to her difficult beam routine.

Sudbury were proud to have had enough girls at a high standard to put together two teams to compete in the Bury Spectrum Team Competition for the first time at the start of last month. The level seven team of Bevan, Eloise Hayward and Dinnell took silver with Bevan also taking the individual silver.

There was a fourth place, after an initial decision to award them third was withdrawn due to a results error, for the level five team of Hookway, Stokes-Shinn, Read-Luxton and Hollie Hayward.

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