Gymnasts have a spring in their step for ‘Olympic day’

MORE than 40 young gymnasts took part in a special day of competition organised by the Tyne Met Gymnastic Club.

The club, one of the most successful and fastest growing in the region, hosted the event that saw gymnasts aged between six and 16 competing under the flags of different nations in both a team and individual apparatus competition.

The young competitors were joined by Commonwealth Games gymnast Rob Hunter, who helped to judge, present medals and perform a skills workshop to the delight of the packed hall.

Hunter, who represented Wales in Delhi, said: “It was great to be part of the day.

“To see so many enthusiastic youngsters enjoying sport and performing to an amazing standard was a joy.

“It was such a friendly and supportive atmosphere too; I am not surprised the club is doing so well.”

Lynsey White, head coach at Tyne Met, added: “The hall looked great with all the flags and bunting and I am delighted with the way it went.

“Everyone seemed to have a great day, it was a great way to use that excitement to showcase our talent.”

Tyne Met Gymnastics Club was formed just two years ago but in that short time has won more than 40 medals in regional competitions.

It holds beginner sessions through to competition levels from aged four upwards.

They are planning to widen their appeal even more over the summer by adding a ‘team gym’ option – a gymnastics-based format featuring fast-track tumbling and trampette moves.

The ‘Olympics day’ included an opening and closing ceremony, design a GB leotard and football strip competitions, an Olympic quiz and even an Aloe-Vera stall offering soothing creams for aching muscles.

Gymnasts competed in teams on all four apparatus in the morning before the top six in two age groups returned in the afternoon for the individual apparatus.

Beth Pygall, 11, who won three gold medals across the day, said: “I was competing for China.

“We had the Chinese national anthem playing, bunches of flowers with our medals and Rob presenting them, it was brilliant.”

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