Royal Grammar School

Newcastle

Gymnasts bring home the medals

Gymnasts bring home the medals

RGS gymnasts recently took to the floor at the British Schools Gymnastics Finals, winning a hoard of medals.

14 students traveled to Stoke in the hopes of becoming British School champions in team competitions on floor and vault as well as individual competitions in tumbling.

The under 11 boys were first up, competing on floor and vault. Year 6 students Isak Cornelissen, Will Forster and Marcus Laws, Year 5 student Eddie Mackay and Year 4 student Patrick Magill, all performed brilliantly and their efforts were rewarded with first place - RGS had become under 11 British Champions.

Oliver (Ollie) Herring (Year 10) and Lewis Champion (Upper Sixth) were next up competing in the individual tumbling competition. Ollie pipped his team mate to the podium, winning bronze, whilst Lewis settled for 4th.

Hope rested on the shoulders of the under 14 and  under 19 teams as the second day of competition started as they hoped to do just as well as their under 11 counterparts.

Year 7 students Freddy Nelson and Ariz Zaman, Year 8 students Chris Beale and Harry Jopling and Year 9 student Finn Gavin were first up, looking to add the under 14 title to the collection. All five performed outstandingly and the title was theirs.

The under 19 team made up of Ollie Herring, Lewis Champion, Michael Gill (Upper Sixth) and Tom Huntley (Year 10), knew they'd be up against it when they saw that several other teams had British international gymnasts in their midst. There was yet again fantastic performances by all the boys and although they didn't take the top spot, they still finished on the podium in third place with just 0.5 separating bronze to gold.

The results highlight the strength of the gymnastics programme at RGS with some of the boys already representing their country, including Finn Gavin and Michael Gill who won silver with the British team at the World Championships in March.