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The Rock's rhythmic gymnasts have made Gibraltar very proud this last weekend at the Meadowside Leisure Centre in Burton upon Trent where the British National Grades Championships Finals took place.


Ten of our gymnasts had qualifed to take part in the Grades Finals after attending the British National Inter-Regionals although only 8 attended due to school commitments.

It must be stated that these girls had qualified out of the 100s of gymnasts that attend the Inter-Regionals so just qualifying in itself is a great achievement.

Gibraltar can now proudly boast of having 6 local gymnasts within the top 10 in the whole of the British system including England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These rankings at the end of the day is what proves the depth and hard work that has gone into the long hours of training.
Results at the Grades Finals this weekend were as follows, were our girls competed against groups of 20 to 30 gymnasts in each grade:

Sian Holmes competing in the Grade 4 category came home with a bronze medal in a 3rd podium position with her Freehand routine and is now the 6th overall gymnast within the system.
Claire Wahnon competing in the Grade 5 category came 5th with her Hoop routine and is now the 5th overall gymnast within the system.

Louise Gonzalez also competed in the Grade 5 category and came 6th with her Rope routine now being the 7th overall gymnast within the system.

Gabriella Lyden competing in the Grade 7 category came 4th with her Clubs routine and 5th with her Ball routine and is now an amazing 4th overall positioned gymnast within the system.
Nicola Bosio competing in the Grade 9 category came home with a bronze medal in a 3rd podium position with her Rope routine and 6th with her Hoop routine and is now the 7th overall gymnast within the system.

Georgina Cassar also competed in the Grade 9 category taking the 4th position with her Ribbon routine, 5th position with her Hoop routine and 6th position with her Ball routine. Georgina was stunned with her 5th overall gymnast position within the system.
Georgina Jackson, Grade 9 and Alexandra Ballantine, Grade 4 also attended the Finals, for the first time this year, after qualifying and both looked very good on the carpet with their respective routines, at which the experience learned at this level becomes an asset for them.
Head Coach Sally Holmes was congratulated by all other coaches and judges during their weekend stay in the UK as Gibraltar has been the club to show a vast improvement within the last year in rhythmic gymnastics both in having more girls qualifying and with higher standards and for their discipline within the competition as our girls were also selected to help out with duties during the competition at which they were classified as excellent and hard working girls with a very polite attitude.

The GRGA committee would like to thank Head Coach Sally Holmes, Assistant Coach Christine Dean-Penfold and Judge Gemma Fernandez for their hard work this weekend making the trip possible and all other coaches, Naomi Sercombe, Lesley Jackson, Adrienne Victory, Danielle Perez and Marie Sanchez for holding the fort and continuing training classes in Gibraltar during their absence. A special mention of thanks to Jolene Gomez for all the choreography and Paulette Napoli for all the ballet.

The Association says it will be taking part in a competition at Bath, UK end of October together with a training camp so as to gain knowledge on furthering rhythmic gymnastics both at gymnast and coaching levels.

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