GYMNASTICS: Oxford's golden girls up there with the best

Cosette Jackson (bottom), Rebecca Brookes and Sophie Newell (top) perform their routine

Cosette Jackson (bottom), Rebecca Brookes and Sophie Newell (top) perform their routine

First published in Sport

MEMBERS from the Oxford School of Gymnastics are enjoying a golden autumn of success as they celebrate the club’s tenth anniversary.

Having won seven gold, two silver and a bronze medals at the South of East Championships, their gymnasts produced even more impressive results at the Pat Wade Classic, an international tournament boasting competitors from a number of countries including Russia, USA, Australia and France.

On two intense days of competition, which were attended by some of the best gymnasts in the world, the girls from Oxford achieved an unprecedented one-two-three.

Oxford Mail:

  • Golden girls: From left Sophie Everett, Siobahn Mahdoo and Becky Evans

Becky Evans, Sophie Everett and Siobhan Mahdoo won gold in the 13-19 category, Laura Stockwell, Abi Woodliffe-Thomas and Fiona Cox claimed silver in the international 1 category, while Cosette Jackson, Rebecca Brookes and Sophie Newell claimed bronze in the 12-18 event.

Teammates Freya Clemson, Emily Allen and Grace Johnson found themselves in one of the toughest categories and secured a hugely-impressive fifth place.

Considering the standard of competitors they faced, it was a sensational achievement.

The club’s joint head coach, Carrie Day, said: “Maximum effort and skill was required to achieve qualification for the finals.

Oxford Mail:

  • Silver joy: Laura Stockwell, Abi Woodliffe-Thomas and Fiona Cox

“So we were absolutely delighted to see them all get through and then perform so brilliantly to finish among the best in the country.”

Fellow head coach Emma Parr, also an international judge, added: “GB is one of the most successful Acrobatic Gymnastic countries in the world and the standards are exceptionally high.

Oxford Mail:

  • Bronzes: Rebecca Brookes, Sophie Newell (front) and Cosette Jackson

“To medal at this international is a huge achievement and this is a great way to start the club’s tenth anniversary year.”

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