Gymnasts pass grades with flying colours

GYM STARS: Sudbury gymnasts included Jade Collins, Niamh Bowyer, Cerys Wrigley-Moss, Millie Albery, Ellison Richards-Kemp, Kitty Fowles-Watts, Lillie-Mae Massey, Mel Smith, Ellen Dreau, Summer Collins, Amber Collins, Amber Daniels, Mia-Grace Street, Isabella Sell
GYM STARS: Sudbury gymnasts included Jade Collins, Niamh Bowyer, Cerys Wrigley-Moss, Millie Albery, Ellison Richards-Kemp, Kitty Fowles-Watts, Lillie-Mae Massey, Mel Smith, Ellen Dreau, Summer Collins, Amber Collins, Amber Daniels, Mia-Grace Street, Isabella Sell

A host of Sudbury Gymnastics Club gymnasts celebrated being crowned county champions after passing their county grades at Piper Vale Gymanstics Club in Ipswich.

Gradings on the day ranged from one up to eight with girls who train up to six hours per week having to prove their ability to compete on five pieces of apparatus: vault, bars, beam, floor and range (strength and flexibility).

Isabella Sell was declared county champion in grade one.

Amber Collins took the accolade in grade two, with Sudbury’s Summer Collins second, Amber Daniels third and Mia-Grace Street fourth.

The honour was shared in grade three between Sudbury pair Amy Bruce and Ellen Dreau.

In grade four Ella Manby topped the charts, with Lillie-Mae Massey second, Melanie Smith fifth, Kitty Fowles-Smith — recovering from a recent broken ankle — eighth, and Olivia Codling ninth out of a large group of 18 gymnasts.

Ellison Richards-Kemp narrowly missed out on first place in grade six, with Cerys Wrigley-Moss also second, Jade Collins fifth. Niamh Bowyer also passed.

In the higher level grade eight, Millie Albery was among the first gymnasts to complete this grade, with grades seven and eight added to the structure this year, and became county champion.