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COLLEGE GYMNASTS JUMPING FOR JOY

24th Mar 2017

COLLEGE GYMNASTS JUMPING FOR JOY

A TEAM of gymnasts from Dyke House are heading to national finals for the second year in a row despite having to leap over an even greater challenge.

The Hartlepool team, consisiting of Josh Egan, Mia Stuart (Year 8s), Lydia Enguolvant (Y9), Jake Wahab and Alex Lamb (Year 10s) had to compete in the Under-19s age group, just 12 months after impressing at Under-14 level.

But Dyke House's gymnasts didn't disappoint by shining again at the North of England Schools' Gymnastics competition held at Hartlepool Gymnastics Club.

They were crowned Under-14 champions last year in the Mixed Team category. That secured a passage through to represent the North of England at the British School Finals in Stoke, where they finished fourth.

And this year the whole group will be returning to Stoke at the higher level - because Jake and Alex were too old to compete as U14s - even if they were up against students up to Sixth Form leaving age.

Head of PE at Dyke House Leanne Smith said: "The team performed fantastically well to beat off tough competition for the second year in a row.

There were impressive performances from all five gymnasts to secure a place in the national finals. Everybody at Dyke House is proud of their achievements."

First up was the vault followed by the floor routines. All five gymnasts gave their best performances and were crowned North of England champions for the second year in a row beating the second place team by 3.7 points.

From the 34 teams that competed throughout the competition they achieved the highest overall team vault score of the day.

They were second highest overall in the competition, only being beaten by the Under-19 boys team by 0.20 points.

The hope is Dyke House go one better than last year when they head to Stoke by claiming a medal at the British Finals in May 7.