Arabian Gymnasts put aside the snow and ice to travel to the National Tulips team event in Spalding.
A mixture of success & bad luck was endured by the 4 teams with ages from just turned 6 years to 19 years old.
The very youngest team to ever enter the Tulips was Arabian’s 6 and 7-year-olds who basically were entered for the experience so that next year they will be better prepared when their skill base is higher.
The 4 girls Flic Smith, Jenny Johnson, Annie Purohit and Verity Fraser-Reynolds all performed well.
The older team at the same level actually stole the show by becoming the level 5 Champions 2018.
The team comprised of Bella Campbell Marshall, Lyla Clark, Tallulah Couper and Emilee Brooks.
On Asymmetric bars, the girls individually had clean sweep taking all rostrum places.
Further individual success was had by Bella & Emilee Brooks, whose Balance beam display on the day was deemed the best and made sure the team stayed ahead of some very serious and competent opposition to take Gold.
The level 4 team consisted of Alysha Howton, Anna Coaton, Jaydie Durnford, and Phoebe Briggs. The girls were agonizingly close to the podium in 4th place losing out to Bronze by a mere 0.2.
Anna shone with her Balance beam winning an individual Bronze medal and finishing the highest gymnast placed 9th out of 28. More so, Anna competed with a sore foot and showed immense bravery as she did not want to let her team down. Alysha came 6th on floor and overall 11th placed. Phoebe also impressed on floor gaining an impressive first time out coming 7th place.
Level 3 team consisted of Kyla Howton, Molly Harris, Lucy Thompson, Natalia Andrzejak, a very strong team.
The girls were on course to win level 3 until sadly Lucy Thompson got injured in the middle of her floor routine, which cost her personally, and the team as she then struggled on bars, both pieces she was expected to medal on. It was a severe blow, nevertheless, despite this setback, the girls were still powerful enough to come 2nd.
19-year-old Kyla won Gold on beam and Bronze on vault, Lucy came 4th on beam Natalia would of taken silver medal but a slip on a brave tuck back salto dropped her to 5th and 16-year-old Molly Harris was 5th on bars & Vault 7th on beam and 8th on floor giving her an overall placing of 3rd out of all gymnasts.
Squad coach Hannah Bond said “ Not bad! We had one champion team and one runner-up. We gave the youngest team ever the chance of the big stage. The injured Anna was bravery at it’s best and the unlucky Lucy Injury could never have been worse timed. So we came away slightly deflated, buts that’s the nature of our sport, you need a little luck and on the day it deserted us. ”