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Hope Acro Dominate North West Prelims

by Gemma Melling

By Kane Green

Gymnasts from Newton-le-Willows’ Hope Acro were close to home at the weekend as they competed in the North West Regional Prelims at Robin Park Arena. The winners would move on to represent the region at May’s British NDP Finals in Stoke-on-Trent to challenge for the national title.

Performance of the day came from Daisy Kay and Libby Williams in the Grade 3 Women’s Pair. Magnificent poise and elegance were on display as they scored a huge 26.900 to claim a convincing victory and secure their place at the national finals. To top off a wonderful day for the pair, they claimed the trophy for the highest Technical Execution score across the entire competition. Clubmates Caitlin Hanley and Chloe Payne earned a creditable 6th place finish in the category.

Hope’s stronghold on the Grade 3 categories continued taking both the gold and silver in the Women’s Group. Alice Pownall, Hannah Gannon and Daisy Denmade continued their unbeaten streak as they powered to victory. There will be high hopes of a medal in the British Finals for the trio who were joined on the podium by clubmates Hattie Lloyd, Eva Booth and Skylah Malaney who finished 2nd. Some new partnerships took their first steps in competition together in the same category with Bethany Elliot, Amelia Hughes and Olivia Clarke finishing 9th and Jessica Bithell, Fliss Roberts and Martha Nicholl in 11th place.

In the Grade 5 section, Hope once again reigned supreme. In the Women’s Group, Isobel Stirrup, Jess Lancaster and Lois Preston were a class above their rivals as they claimed an emphatic victory, with Betty Prescott and Emma Green following suit in the Women’s Pair. They will face high class opposition at the national finals but will be right in contention for a medal.

Lois Preston flies through the air with Isobel Stirrup and Jess Lancaster.

It was almost a clean sweep in the Grade 4 categories as a stunning performance from Ava Earley, Isla Cook and Luna Tootle saw the trio race into an unassailable lead that they were in little danger of relinquishing and deservedly topped the podium. Their closest challengers were their teammates from Hope, Isabel Rummery, Freya Cross and Amelia Harper who took a well-earned silver medal.

A close call in the Grade 4 Women’s Pair category saw Madison Corless and Poppy Duffy hold the lead until they were pipped for gold in the final routine of the competition. They can be very proud of their silver medal in their first competition as a pair. In the same section, Millie Roberts and Lois McVeigh were 6th with Amelia Roberts and Corra Brightcliffe in 11th place.

Yet more gold followed towards the end of the day with Lilly Madej, Eva Booth and Harper Mines claiming the Grade 2 Women’s Group title in convincing fashion to become the 6th Hope partnership of the day to take their place in the national finals come May.

Daisy Denmade, Hannah Gannon and Alice Pownall

PownallIt was the end of an era for two of the club’s most successful ‘tops’ in their last competitions in the role before moving down to be ‘bases’ in new partnerships. Rosie Kay, with Darcey Cassidy and Holly Williams, secured a silver medal in the IDP1 category. Lola Sitko, with Mia Ellison also earned silver in the Youth Women’s Pair. Sitko and Kay will move into the next stage of their gymnastics career with exciting times ahead for them.

Future stars of Hope Acro performed well in the lower grade competitions with Priya Stott and Ivy Fisher winning a silver in the Grade 2 Women’s Pair, a medal matched by Noah Graham and Lydia Cassidy in the Grade 1 Mixed Pair.

In the Grade 1 Women’s Pair, Ella Dajani with Sienna Taylor, and Isla Healey with Mollie Hughes finished in a creditable 5th and 6th respectively, showing great promise for their future careers.

It was a wonderful day for Hope, with six partnerships qualifying to challenge for British titles in May, many with a great chance of medals.

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