ELMBRIDGE Junior School tumbled their way to a record-breaking victory in the first Gloucestershire School Games primary gymnastics competition at GL1 in Gloucester.
Despite being a new addition to the Sainsbury’s School Games in 2014, the primary schools’ gymnastic competition attracted a superb turnout with 66 talented tumblers from school Years 3 and 4 taking part.
And the Longlevens-based school were in superb form, defeating 10 rival schools to win the team event before dominating the individual events with gold medals in both the floor and vault exercises.
In the team event, the Elmbridge team of Joseph Tancell, Ella-Marie Bhowal, Erin Goldie, Nick Kawcynski, Joseph Heaven and Zebedee Gibson combined to produce an impressive team total of 90.7 points to take gold ahead of Dinglewell Primary from Hucclecote who were second 4.9 points behind on 85.8.
St John’s on the Hill School from Tutshill near Chepstow claimed the bronze with a team total of 85.2 points.
In addition to the team events, competitors were also judged on their individual disciplines on both the floor and vault.
Elmbridge Primary pupil Erin Goldie pipped two of her classmates to the gold medal in the vault with a score of 9.6.
Zebedee Gibson was second, 0.2 of a point behind Goldie, with Nick Kawcynski third with 9.3.
The floor exercise was a close affair with the three medals being split between eight different competitors.
Ella Marie Bhowal and Elmbridge classmate Goldie shared the gold after both scored 9.0.
There was a three-way tie for silver between Amelia Berry from St Mary’s Primary from Tetbury, Eleanor Shellam from Dinglewell and Connie Davies from St John’s on the Hill, who all scored 8.8.
Three bronze medals were also awarded as Madeleine Carnes from Glenfall Community Primary in Cheltenham, Tabitha Lythdoe from Randwick Primary near Stroud and St John’s on The Hill’s Grace Curtis all carded 8.7.
Elmbridge headteacher Glen Tharia – a former South West gymnastics champion – was delighted to see his team star on the day and he was also thrilled by the talents of all the gymnasts on show
He said: “It was fantastic to see such high quality gymnastics from Years 3 and 4 children across the five districts of Gloucestershire.
“The children showed exemplary behaviour and a good competitive spirit.”
“I enjoyed hosting the event and hope to be part of this next year.”
The Sainsbury’s School Games, now in their third year, are run by Active Gloucestershire and benefit from £45,000 of National Lottery funding.
The Games are aimed at building on the legacy of the London 2012 Olympic Games and are designed to give every school pupil across Gloucestershire a chance to compete regardless of ability.