SOUTH ESSEX TEAM OF NINE IMPRESS IN WALSALL

Jade Woollard

THERE were good showings from all nine South Essex members at the Rhythmic Open Apparatus  Championships at the Walsall Sports Centre.

Jade Woollard, 11, (who is pictured above with her certificates) led the way with a terrific bronze in the Espoir clubs section, and she also came sixth with the ball at the University of Wolverhampton.

It was also a breakthrough tournament for Kiera Martinson, 12, who was the only one to compete with the hoop, where she came 13th, as well as 24th with the ball, and 28th with clubs.

Coach Verity Adams said: “We were proud of how they all did because it was a very competitive field.

“Kiera Marinson did really well because she has moved from towards the bottom of the placings around the middle now, and that is down to a big adjustment in her training and a lot of hard work.

“We were also obviously very pleased with Jade and Ruta, who continue to compete strongly for the medals.”

Jade’s fellow British Championships-bound club-mate Ruta Sulskis, 11, also shone with a fourth-placed showing in the Espoir ball competition and 10th in clubs.

Elsewhere in the Espoir section, Connie Miller was fourth and Louisa Duff fifth with the rope, with Miller 24th and Duff 30th with their free routines.

The club also had five members competing in the junior section.

Rebecca Wright, 14, put on a strong displays to finish eighth with the ball, ninth with clubs, and 10th with ribbon.

Laura Sulskis, 12, was ninth with the ball, 13th with the ribbon, and 30th with clubs.

Kiera Miller, 13, had a highest finish of 16th with the ribbon, and was also 21st with the clubs and 28th with the ball.

And last but by no means least, Chanelle Ellis, 14, was 15th with the ribbon, 21st with the ball, and 24th with the clubs.

South Essex’s Rythmic section continues to go from strength to strength and this weekend the club is hosting the British squad for a training camp.

The top 20 girls from across the country are being put through their paces at the club’s state-of-the-art facilities at the Basildon Sporting Village.