CHECKERS gymnastics club are celebrating after eight of their girls qualified for the British finals.
Twenty-six gymnasts from the Gloucester-based club travelled to Taunton to compete at the preliminary competition against other clubs in the South West.
A highlight was a clean sweep in the Grade One Pair Category.
Jessica Blakemore and Hannah Pars put in a near perfect routine to win gold.
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Morgan Wilce and Katie Afflick landed silver and Sophie Pars and Olivia McGeough a mere 0.05 of a mark behind won bronze.
The three duos beat 33 other pairs from several different clubs.
In the Grade Three mixed pair, William Blenkin and Bethany Morris performed two outstanding routines to win gold.
Checkers' good form was also demonstrated in the tumbling competition with Sky Ballantyne, ten, achieving another gold medal for the Bristol Road club.
In the men's tumbling, William Blenkin performed three clean tumbles and was awarded the gold medal and in the senior category Joe Willis won a silver medal for three clean tumbles.
Leanne Kingscote and Lucy Pearce both beat off tough competition to win silver medals while Anna Courtney and Ellie Pearce displayed solid tumbling to win bronze medals.
Grade Three pair Sydney Reynolds and Paris Rogers performed a lovely balance routine to claim bronze, but after an unfortunate wobble in their dynamic routine they finished in fourth overall by 0.15 of a mark.
In the Grade One women's groups, Iysha Payne, Brianna Price and Ciara Gough performed a beautiful routine that scored a well deserved 25.60 and a gold medal.
Maddie Wilson, Lucy Courtney and Lauren-Mai Blick, the youngest performers of the weekend, showed their potential with a crowd pleasing routine that placed them seventh.
The competition marks the sixth year in a row that Checkers have represented the South West in the British Finals.
Jessica Blakemore, 12, Tewkesbury, said: "I'm really excited that me and my partner Hannah won the prelims."
Hannah Pars, eight, from Barnwood, said: "I enjoyed competing at the championships as I love working with Jess."
Sophie Pars, 11, Barnwood, said: "I love gymnastics because I like to challenge myself."
Katie Afflick, eight, from Churcham, said: "I love gymnastics, love Checkers and the competition was awesome."
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