Baskerville's stars show off their skills
GYMNASTICS More than 270 youngsters of all abilities showed off their skills on floor and vault when Baskerville's School of Gymnastics held its annual two-day general competition last weekend.
Saturday's red advanced competition saw less than a mark splitting the top five. Sybilla Anderson won it, with Eloise Newton second and Jessie Davis third.
One of Baskervilles demonstrators, Stevie Saunders, took overall gold at yellow advanced level, finishing almost a mark ahead of runner-up Eleanor Stone. Libby Jelbert and Maisey Humphries were joint third.
Isabel Jefferies and Megan Jarvis shared top spot on the podium in the final advanced section. Isobel Hughes and Bonnie Godwin finished second and third respectively.
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Children from as young as four took part and the beginner girls all performed well, with Molly Hibbert Davies winning from second-placed Eloise Horton and Amy Mitchard in third.
The development girls had a close-run contest, with Isobel Dixon taking the gold medal ahead of runner-up Kodi Bloomfield, third-placed Olivia Underwood and Willow Hughs, who came fourth.
Sunday's 9am competition featured the seven years-plus age group.
In the red competition, Courtney Blake finished first on vault and third overall, the consistent Kitty O'Gara claimed silver on floor, vault and overall, while Molly Laurence finished almost half a mark ahead of the field.
The yellow competition was dominated by Daisy Collier, who took silver on floor and vault. Daisy Brimble finished first on vault and second overall, while Jenna Perks and Georgina Edney shared the overall third place.
The blue competition was another one-person show, with Abbie Gollings winning the gold on floor and vault. A strong performance by Olivia Webster gave her the overall silver.
The 11am competition consisted of gymnasts aged from four to six years.
Danny Mckenzie was the overall winner of the red competition, with Eloise Hall second and Nell Bloomfield third.
All of the girls finished less than a mark apart in the yellow competition, which was won by Cerys Griffiths. Maeve Mcgee came second and vault winner Ruby Coombs was third.
The Blue competition saw Erin Neesham finish first and second on floor and vault respectively to secure top spot. Leuan Olsen was second and Chloe Young came third.
In the 1.30pm competition for those aged between six and eight, Aimee Marsh stole the show to win the red category. Poppy Godwin was second overall and Maddie Unthank claimed bronze.
Rhianna Balsh swept the board with a hat-trick of golds in the yellow competition. Second place went to Daisy Wright and third was shared by Isabella Beaven and Niamh Jenkins.
The Blue competition saw Katie Jefferies and Arisia Gashi finish second and third respectively behind overall winner Lauren Booth, who scooped golds on floor and vault.
Ella Thompson edged a close six to eight years section in the weekend's final competitions. Thea Gilbert was second and Erica Dunstone third, with less than a tenth of a mark separating each gymnast.
Nia Mogg won the first pre-competition group for the second successive year. Esme Mathias was second and Clementine Coxen and Phoebe Pritchard came joint third.
Katie Box performed superbly to take victory in the second group, with Connie Osborn and Camille Gilbert finishing second and third respectively.
The overall top three in the junior general boys section were split by half a mark. Isaac De Buriatte came out on top, with Mackenzie Graham second and Joshua Stokes third.
Event director Victoria Baskerville and the Englishcombe Lane club's hardworking staff were thanked for making the competition a huge success.