The weekend of 9th & 10th July 2016 saw 12 gymnasts from Notts Gymnastics Academy attend the Gymstars Invitational competition in Tarxien, Malta.
Despite the fact that it was the first competition abroad for many of the gymnasts they performed extremely well exceeding all expectations.
Olivia Hackney and Thea Dane competed in Category B against strong opposition including gymnasts from Abingdon, Marriotts and Malta. Liv finishing 5th overall and Thea 6th, Thea also took the gold medal on Floor and Silver on Vault.
Two teams from Notts competed in Category D, In the Individual 10-12 age group category Katie Watson and Olivia Coventry both won medals with Katie, despite being 2 years younger than many of the other competitors, 2nd overall and 3rd on Vault, Olivia produced her best Vault to take the Silver and finish 9th overall in a strong category of 56 gymnasts. Amy Harper - 20th, Erin Scott - 26th and Lara Hill - 27th also helped the team to a 5thplace finish.
The other team consisted of Lucy Willis and JoJo Darby who finished 28th & 46th in the 10-12 age group category, Niamh Lehane 10th in the 7-9 age group category, Lori Prentice 13th (7-9) and the youngest member of the team Amelia Short 20th (7-9).
It was a successful trip for the academy from a relatively inexperienced group of gymnasts, who relaxed with a trip to the waterpark and beach after the competition.
Well done to everyone and thanks to the coaches, Alan Price, Sarah Middleton and Libby Sheard.
Gymnasts:Olivia Hackney, Thea Dane, Olivia Coventry, Katie Watson, Amy Harper, Erin Scott, Lara Hill, Lucy Willis, JoJo Darby, Niamh Lehane, Lori Prentice, Amelia Short
Coaches:Alan Price, Sarah Middleton, Libby Sheard