National success beckons talented gym team

Four of the TeamGym members who are doing well on a national level
Four of the TeamGym members who are doing well on a national level

Six local gymnasts have successfully qualified for the British TeamGym finals.

TeamGym competition has its roots in Scandinavia, where it has been a major event for more than 20 years.

The Euroteam competition, a recent addition to the European Union of Gymnastics (UEG) calendar, was first held in Finland in 1996 and now takes place each even-numbered year.

Routines are performed on three pieces of apparatus: floor, trampette and a tumbling track. Each team comprises six to 12 gymnasts.

All six girls represent Portsmouth School of Gymnastics and have grown up with traditional artistic backgrounds.

As some of the area’s most successful artistic gymnasts, the girls have won county and regional titles for the south and south-east as individual gymnasts.

Holly Waters, Anna Richardson, Ellie Pacey and sisters Amy, Sophie and Mia Brown are still relatively young in their categories and are eligible for at least another two years in their current age groups.

In the primary age group (gymnasts aged nine to 13), Ellie (Felpham) and Mia (Chichester) knew they would have a tough job competing against five of the top six teams from last year’s British Championships.

Despite missing one of their best gymnasts, impeccable tumbling and trampette routines from the pair helped the team reach the qualifying mark of 35 points and they will now go through to the British finals in Stoke-on-Trent, where they will face the best teams from the north of England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.

This will be Ellie’s second British finals in a row while Mia, who will be nine in May, will be eligible for her first final.

In the junior age group, Holly, Anna, Amy and Sophie (all Chichester), along with their PSG team-mates, performed truly memorable floor routine which gave their team a massive lead and was the highest scoring floor score by a British club team of all time.

A near-faultless set of tumble runs and trampette performances saw the girls comfortably win the southern title by more than three points.

The British finals could be a very close affair with northern champions Scarborough looking very strong as well.

The potential that this very young PSG squad has is massive as all the girls are eligible for the junior age group for at least the next three years.

All four girls will also have their eyes firmly set on impressing the national selectors as Team GB look at selection for the 2014 European Championships.