Regis gymnasts get club’s new era off to flyer

Regis Gymnastics Club members
Regis Gymnastics Club members

Regis Gymnastics took 15 gymnasts to the Uckfield invitational floor and vault competition.

It was the first competition for the club since they settled into their new facility in Durban Road, Bognor, and for most of the squad it was either their debut or their first time competing at higher levels.

Brothers Johan and Willem Keijser-Petch both took gold medals in their respective advanced categories with personal-best scores on their floor routines and their vaults.

Bethany Dugdale, 13, also took an overall bronze in the 2001-02 births’ advanced category. Elinor Haines, competing in the same category, took second place for her handspring vault.

Madeleine Russell, 11, had a heavy fall during practice and nearly had to withdraw, but she put her upset behind her in admirable fashion, taking bronze in the 2003-04 advanced category.

Other notable performances came from Stanley Burgess and Lily Robinson, both in their debut competition, who took fourth in their categories with well-executed routines.

Stanley took second place for his floor routine. Paris Wilson and Tatiana Elkins took fourth and fifth respectively in the very tough 2003-04 intermediate category and Molly Wilby, returning to competition after a few years’ absence, took a close fourth place in her category.

Head coach Anna King said: “The new facility is making a real difference to our training and they are improving with every session. We are looking forward to our competitions in the winter season and I’m very optimistic of further success.”

Regis Gymnastics offer a wide range of gymnastic activities for all ages and abilities – would-be gymnasts should visit the club’s website