Congratulations to the mixed team, Betsy Godfrey, Charlie Walsh, Poppy Metcalfe and Oliver Evans who represetned our school and the South of England at the National Gymnastics Finals held in Stoke on Trent on Saturday. In the competition open to every primary school in England, 18 teams took part in the U11 mixed team event. The children had to perform a floor routine, comprising 6 movements, with links leaps, balance and strength skills in addition to vaulting over the box and performing a group sequence to music.
Our gymnasts performed superbly from 11.30am, demonstrating confidence and skill on the 12 metre square of mats, followed by performing vaults with 'take off' from beyond 1m 30cm to demonstrate flight on and flight off the box. A long wait followed until 4pm when our turn to perform the group sequence which requires gymnasts to synchronise their movements as well as creating shapes and patterns in movement around the square of mats.
The level of compeition was as tough as ever, but in true CSPA style, our gymnasts rose to the challenge and just being pipped at the post, came a fantastic second place with 110.230 points to Hornsby House with 111.260 points, an independent school in London. The children were presented with silver medals - a real achievement! Well done!
Huge thanks go to coach, John Underwood for his tireless enthusiasm and commitment to the school and to gymnastics.