SOME of Garstang’s budding young gymnasts took their first steps at representating the region at the recent Men’s Club Development Grades Finals in Birmingham
Five boys from Garstang School of Gymnastics successfully competed at the Alexander Stadium to represent the club and region in the national finals.
Brodie Donougher was part of the winning north-nest team at level 1. Individually, he came ninth overall in a group of 62, scoring 9.35 in his floor routine.
Max Whyte and Archie Cooper both competed in the level 2 competition, with Max finishing a credible seventh overall and Archie’s performance on the vault earning him a score of 9.20.
David Jeans represented the at level 3. His vault was his strongest piece on the day and achieved a score of 9.25.
At level 5 the north-west team narrowly missed taking the bronze medal position. However, Garstang’s Isaac Vango came third overall, winning the individual bronze. He shone at the vault and managed an impressive 9.60 on parallel bars.
Isaac,12, said: “I’m really glad that we all did well because we work hard in the gym.
“I enjoyed the competition and am really pleased with all my scores, but especially my vault score of 9.6 out of 10 as it’s a personal best.
Assistant coach Heather Vango said: “I think the boys competed very well. People often think gymnastics is easy and don’t realize how much strength and technique is involved.
“Boys have to train hard to do the skills they need and it’s every credit to them when they succeed.”
Boys head coach Fiona Catterall said: “I’m so proud of all the Garstang boys who were there. They overcame any nerves on the day and competed really well against some of the best boys in the country to come away with some fantastic results.”
As a result of the competition, Max Whyte and Brodie Donougher who finished in the top 10 individually in levels 1 to 4 have been invited to a training camp to be held at the Lilleshall National Sports Centre in October.