Gymnastics competition has that ‘Olympic’ feel

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OVER 100 primary school children recently took part in the School Games Level 2 Gymnastics Competition at the BEST Centre in Burnley, competing for a place in the prestigious Level 3 County Final.

This year the competition was extended to Years 2-6, allowing more children to compete and also allowing club gymnasts the opportunity to represent their school – something which hasn’t been possible in the past.

The BEST Centre - a purpose built gymnastics facility and home of Burnley Gymnastics Club - was the host venue for the competition and gave the event an Olympic feel.

Having the event at the BEST Centre and giving the children the opportunity to represent their school will hopefully have inspired some of the young competitors to join the sport at grass roots level, which will be a real legacy of the School Games National Initiative.

In the Year 3 and 4 team event, Mary Magdalene’s took gold, with Wellfield and Brunshaw taking silver and bronze respectively.

Mary Magdalene’s will now go forward to represent Burnley at the School Games Level 3 County Finals in June, which will be held in Blackpool.

They will be joined in Blackpool by gymnast, Rhianna Doogan of Brunshaw Primary School, and Lydia Stanworth and Kara Jones both from Cliviger.

These three up and coming gymnasts were the top three medallists in the competition.

There were also standout individual performances from Stephen Whittaker (Brunshaw Primary School, Year 5and 6 boys’ gold medallist), Chantelle McLellan from Lowerhouse (Year 5 and 6 girls’ gold medallist), Cameron Tregay from Brunshaw (Year 2 boys’ gold medallist) and Eloise Clegg from Rosewood Primary School (Year 2 girls’ gold medallist).