Jade Woollard stars at national finals

Left to right: Connie Miller, Jade Woollard and Elizabeth Packman.
Left to right: Connie Miller, Jade Woollard and Elizabeth Packman.

By JAMES COLASANTI

JADE WOOLLARD bounced back from her disappointment at missing out on the British Championships with a brilliant display at the National Grade Finals.

Jade, who just missed out on a place at Liverpool’s Echo Arena this month because of poor health, impressed at the Grade event at Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent on the weekend of June 20-21.

She won a gold medal with the Hoop, bronze with Clubs, was fifth in Clubs and third overall.

South Essex’s Rhythmic Head Coach Verity Adams said: “Jade was very disappointed to miss out on the British so to come back with a gold medal here shows a lot of character.”

Jade’s club-mate Elizabeth Packman was fifth with the Hoop while Connie Miller also put in a very good performance.

South Essex sent a team to the National Group League for the first time. The event was help at Fenton Manor on the same weekend and 16 SEGC gymnasts took part.

The club’s espoir (blue) team were third and the juniors second and there was a great contribution from Keira Miller – even though she was not competing.

The rhythmic gymnast, 15, could not take part because of a knee injury but still made the journey to cheer on her team-mates and support the coaching team.

Verity said: “Keira had to have surgery on her knee and was very disappointed to miss out here but for her to come along just shows what a great team player she is.”