Ellie enjoys her English debut

ELLIE GARGETT represented SEGC with distinction at this year’s English Championships at Loughborough University.

Ellie, 11, and her coach Leah Hickton were both making debuts at the event between April 7-9.

Leah said: “It was Ellie’s first time competing at this event and my first time as a coach, so it was a great experience for us to both to have together.

“Ellie was the younger of the two years as Espior is 11-12 year-olds, so it was a good experience to compete against older gymnasts.

“I’m very proud of her as she had a bit of a rough time on Beam but managed to compose herself and finish the other pieces fantastically.

“And she even got to wear a leotard that was specially designed by South Essex’s Amy Tinkler  – so she was super excited about that.

“It was the first time we’ve had girls competing at the English for a few years so we were proud to fly the flag for South Essex women.

“We now have another competition in a few weeks so this was a great experience to have in the build up to that.”