Regis gymnasts can beam with pride at their debut-year efforts

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Regis Gymnastics Club rounded off their debut year of competition with an impressive performance at the Southbourne beam and vault invitational competition.

With the most experienced team members competing for only the third time, they faced stiff competition.

Rosie Capper and Elissa Jones competed in the level-two 2002 group. Both gymnasts included a handstand on the beam for the first time in their routines. Elissa completed her beam routine with no falls and Rosie performed a strong squat on vault and they finished 15th and 16th overall.

Grace Eggins performed strongly in her first competition, completing her beam routine with no falls and performing a tidy vault to finish tenth, with a final score placing her 13th overall in the level-two 2001 category.

Thea Huxley, in the level-two 2000 category, was Regis’s star of the day. A fall during her beam routine – the most difficult in her category – left her in seventh place, but a spectacular vault, scoring only 0.2 away from a perfect score, gave her Regis’s first gold medal in competition.

Her combined score of 12.800 placed her fourth overall, just 0.3 shy of the bronze.

Head coach Anna King said: “This is an encouraging performance for us and I’m very proud of how calm and collected they were despite their inexperience. We’ve recently invested in new equipment and we have many more gymnasts competing for us in 2012.”

The club are based at the Arena Sports Centre and would-be gymnasts should contact Anna on 07799 836341.