Rudgwick gymnasts vault through competition

JPCT 250512 Five Rudgwick Primary school pupils through to the sussex schools game final. L to R Wlii Griggs 10, Lauren Bude 11, Poppy Griggs 7, Ella Hannyngton 9 and Dom Sayers 11. Photo by Derek Martin

JPCT 250512 Five Rudgwick Primary school pupils through to the sussex schools game final. L to R Wlii Griggs 10, Lauren Bude 11, Poppy Griggs 7, Ella Hannyngton 9 and Dom Sayers 11. Photo by Derek Martin

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Gymnasts from Rudgwick Primary School have been vaulting their way through regional and national competitions this Spring.

The most recent triumph for the school’s gymnasts was in Stoke-on-Trent on May 12 when a team of 7 to 11-year-olds competed in the U11 Schools Mixed Team Floor and Vault National Final.

The team of five gymnasts finished in 5th place and 11-year-old Lauren Bude, one of the gymnasts, said: “It was a great experience, I felt privileged to be there”

The team had trained hard and performed well to hold their own against the very best schools in Great Britain, some of which have purpose built gymnastic facilities and gymnastic scholarships.

Coach Mrs Thompson, said: “The team were fantastic. Their attitude and hard work in training ensured they were so well prepared and achieved such an amazing result. I was extremely proud of them.”

Another of the gymnasts, 10-year-old Will Griggs, said: “It was great, and staying in the hotel was amazing – especially the breakfast!”

This triumph comes after 22 gymnasts aged between 5 and 11, travelled to Kent for the SE region novice individual floor and vault competition on May 1, and won four medals.

Gold was won by James Dunsby and Kristina Pavlou, silver by Amber Short and bronze by Maisie Walker and 7-year-old Benjamin Warzee scored 9.5 out of 10 on the vault - the highest vault score of the day.

Gymnasts from Rudgwick have also been selected to participate in the Sussex Schools Games Final held at K2 in Crawley, in July.