Burnley gymnasts enjoy day of competition

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BURNLEY Gymnastics Club has held its first ever intra club competition.

The competition was organised as part of the centre’s “Be Inspired” scheme, which is helping train up athletes of tomorrow.

More than £500 was raised for new equipment and there was even more good news when two of the club’s gymnasts won places at the Lancashire School Games in Blackpool. Lydia Stanworth came away with gold, Rihanna Doogan taking silver.

The competition was a special occasion as recent Burnley Olympic Torch Bearer Lucy Cowgill showed the gymnasts her torch and club chairman Gill Cragg said: “The girls have been practising hard on their routines ready for the club competition. We are very grateful for Lucy bringing her torch down and it made the day extra special.”

The gymnasts have recently been inspired by Beth Tweddle, British Olympic gymnast and three-times world champion who came to open their new home and provide a coaching masterclass. The centre was also recently visited by British Gymnastics and will host a range of coach education courses between September and December.

The Summer Torch Competition results were as follows: Level 4 Junior Gym 6 - 8 year olds Floor – 1st, Beatrix Higginson; 2nd. Evangelina Musso; 3rd. Francessca Farnworth. Level 4 Junior Gym 6 - 8 year olds Vault – 1st. Beatrix Higginson; 2nd. Aimee Daniels and Shannon Cairns; 3rd. Francessca Farnworth. Level 4 Junior Gym 6 - 8 year olds – Overall Winner: Beatrix Higginson.

Level 3 Junior Gym 8 years plus Floor – 1st, Emma Taylor; 2nd, Emma Seedall; 3rd, Annie Dobney. Level 3 Junior Gym 8 years plus Vault – 1st, Emma Seedall; 2nd, Annie Dobney; 3rd, Emma Taylor. Level 3 Junior Gym 8 years plus Overall Winner: Emma Taylor.

Level 2 Girls Improvers Floor - 1st, Anotonia Wright, 2nd, Ailah Islam; 3rd, Leah Hargreaves, Level 2 Girls Improvers Vault – 1, Olivia Stockdale; 2nd, Antonia Wright; 3rd, Rowan Dobney. Level 2 Girls Improvers Overall Winner: Antonia Wright.

Level 1 Advanced Floor – 1st, Rhianna Doogan; 2nd, Katie Mitchell; 3rd, Ellecia Farnworth. Level 1 Advanced Vault – 1st, Rhinna Doogan; 2nd, Ellecia Farnworth; 3rd, Ayshea Whitaker. Level 1 Advanced Beam – 1st, Hannah Falconer; 2nd, Ellecia Farnworth; 3rd, Katie Mitchell. Level 1 Advanced Bars – 1st, Rhianna Doogan; 2nd, Ellecia Farnworth; 3rd, Ayshea Whitaker. Level 1 Advanced Overall Winner Ellecia Farnworth.