Eight members of Arun Gymnastics Club travelled to Guildford for the annual south-east regional women’s artistic gymnastics grading competition.
It is held every year to test the elite gymnasts from across the three counties of Sussex, Surrey and Kent against specific, increasingly difficult criteria across various age and ability groups.
All the gymnasts from Arun were competing at regional grade level and for three girls it was their first introduction into
Olivia Pinchbeck and Rosie Budge put in good first time performances that saw them hold their nerve and both pass their regional club grade 14 in age with Olivia achieving a distinction for her fabulous overall consistency.
Arun had four gymnasts competing at regional grade 13 with Libby Morton and Grace Markey competing in age and Gabriella Noviello and Lucy Aldred out of age.
Lucy was also competing for the first time at this higher level and she performed well with the increase in her training paying off as she scored enough points to pass her grade.
Second-time grader Gabriella put in very good performances and easily passed, finishing overall 12th and only narrowly missing out on a coveted distinction by just over a point.
Libby and Grace were both competing in age at their second grading competition and both gymnasts easily passed their grading with Libby, whose better consistency and excellent third place in range and conditioning saw her also narrowly missing out on a
distinction with exactly the same score as Gabriella.
Molly Evans was competing in age at regional club grade 12 and she started with a solid bars performance that placed her ninth. She finished with a superb third place on vault and a combined points score that placed her overall ninth, missing out on a distinction by just over 0.5 of a point.
The last Arun gymnast to compete was Olivia Kirkwood in the regional club grade ten in age category, where she also scored enough points to pass her fifth grading.
With the standard of gymnastics in this country increasingly being raised and with points deducted for the most minor of faults, the pressure on gymnasts in these higher-level competitions is very intense so all the gymnasts did really well to pass their grades and it is a testament to the long arduous hours of training put in by them and their coaches.