EVERY member of King Edmund Gym Club’s enthusiastic party of young hopefuls competing at the West Street Acro invitational tournament in Swansea returned home happily clutching a much-cherished medal.

King Eddies, fielding a 38-strong contingent for an event attended by some 13 clubs from around the region, returned home with 11 golds, three silvers and a bronze medal to their name, thanks to some top-notch performances across the various categories on show.

There was particular cause for celebration for the 11-16 (age) mixed pairing of Kirsten Owen and Fin Cochrane, as they not only claimed a top prize courtesy of some sparkling performances in their class, but they also registered the two highest scores of the entire competition.

Delighted coach Kellie Chapman said: “Everyone witnessing their displays spoke about how wonderful they both were to watch.

“If they continue progressing as they are, they can look forward to a very promising future as a partnership.

“As for the club as a whole, it was a tremendous achievement to see all our competitors win a medal of some description and it says a lot about how we are continuing to produce high-level gymnasts, helped of course by the fantastic new gym centre we now occupy at Yate Leisure Centre.”

GB NATIONAL DEVELOPMENT FINALS

KING Edmund GC have demonstrated once more why they remain a dominant force in local acro-gymnastics after seeing 30 of their best performers snapped-up by the South West Regional team for the Great Britain National Development Plan finals in Stoke next month.

The gymnasts qualified as a result of their achievements at the South West Preliminary events at Sherborne and Taunton in February, and their inclusion makes up an impressive 90 per cent of the South West team heading to Stoke’s Fenton Manor for the competition taking place over the weekend of May 16 and 17.

King Eddies head coach Nikki Thorne acknowledged: “Our gymnasts preparing for the national tournament are aged from as young as eight right up to 23, which underlines how successful our development programme is and, hopefully, will continue to be.”