Medals galore for Burnley gymnasts

Olivia Chadwick (left) Shannon Cairns
Olivia Chadwick (left) Shannon Cairns

Burnley Gymnastics Club recently sent a strong 33 member team to take part in the Milano Invitational Women’s Artistic Gymnastics competition in Preston.

The girls performed admirably, with each gymnast picking up a medal in the various age groups and levels.

Stars of the first day were Shannon Cairns and Olivia Stockdale, competing in theif first four-piece competition.

Shannon took home gold on bars, beam and vault, along with a silver on floor, securing the gold medal overall.

Olivia delivered a solid performance, winning gold on bars, silver on floor and beam and bronze on vault, again winning overall gold for her age group.

Rhianna Doogan added to the great marker set by claiming gold on the bars and vault, and despite a stumble on the beam dismount, still managed to take fourth overall at the Pre Novice level.

On day two, gymnasts were taking part in the key steps competition, where medals galore were won by Burnley.

Medallists were: Gold – Imogen Ferguson, Emily Mercer, Taylor De Vries, Ellysia Ainsworth Cookson, Olivia Chadwick, Halle Charlton, Emily Hall, Alisha Hyde, Antonia Wright; Silver – Ruby Cain, Katie Hockedy, Milly Regan, Mia Blythe, Isobel Brown, Jasmine Bullough Teal, Chloe Chapman, Eliza Cottam, Abbie Kendall, Ava Schofield, Abbie Allison, Leah Chapman, Jodie Dixon, Lauren Greenwood, Madson Hull, Sophie Butterworth, Lydia Guy, Matilda Kenyon, Claudia Lewis; Bronze – Maddie Haworth.

A host of distinction awards were also distributed by judges, special awards for near-perfect scores for each apparatus.

Anyone interested in starting gymnastics should contact the BEST Centre on 455068 or e-mail