Coaches Al and Hannah visited Lincoln Cathedral on Sunday October 21st in between rounds of the Witham Hill Invitation. The divine worshipping they witnessed as the organ filled the stunning Cathedral with Godly vibes clearly helped. This actually included the fire alarms going off and being evacuated as the fire engines descended on the most famous landmark outside London. But the real heat was not there but back at the gymnastic venue, where Arabian’s gymnast’s hot feet struck gold.
First to compete was Lyla Cark who, if hadn’t fallen on the beam, would have taken the overall level 5 title. Lyla did pick up a gold for her powerful and perfectly stuck vault as well as her acrobatic trampette. Her tidy bar routine got her a silver medal on top of her 2 golds. Out of the 50 competitors, Lyla came an impressive 4th place.
Next up we had our youngest competitor in 7-year-old Flic Smith and 12 year old Bella Campbell-Marshall. A fall on beam for Flic cost her the gold medal where she had to settle for the bronze. However, her strong vault and artistic trampette got her 2 gold medals on these events, along with 2 silvers for her bars and floor routines. Flic was in a tough age group although she held her own and overall came an impressive 19th. Vault seemed to be our piece on the day as Bella took a silver medal for it as well as a 4th place for her bars. Again a fall on beam cost her, however, she competed and stuck new moves on beam, bars, and floor giving her 23rd overall place.
The last round of the day saw the 3 eldest in Molly Harris, Lucy Thompson, and Tallulah Couper. All 3 girls showed stunning performances on the balance beam where Arabian took the top 3 places. Lucy took the gold, Molly the silver and Tallulah the bronze. Tallulah also picked up a 4th place for her range and conditioning exercise, demonstrating her flexibility. Again vault being our piece Molly took silver with Lucy claiming gold. All 3 girls had a fantastic competition, especially Lucy who took the overall level 4 champion title, with the 3 gold medals for vault, floor and beam as well as a bronze for bars.
Head Coach Al said ” It’s so good to see all 3 eldest on the podium for the beam. After a long day, it’s always good to see the girls rewarded when they’ve worked hard. For the younger girls, they see that with longevity and age you can relax and enjoy competition. The beam is our piece and it was a shame to see the youngest girls fall on this event, but they made up for it with the other events.”