Rhythmic girls impress at British Open and book five league spots

SEGC’S Rhythmic girls sparkled at the 2019 British Open Apparatus Championships and saw five groups qualify for league competitions this year.

The Basildon and Pitsea based club had 26 gymnasts in action at the British Rhythmic Open Apparatus Championships and Group Seeding 2019 at Fenton Manor, Stoke-on-Trent, on the weekend of March 22-24.

Rachel Lattimer competed in her first trial for the Junior World Championships, which will be in Moscow in July.

Rachel and Josslyn Miller also competed in the British Open and both performed three routines in preparation for their Grades later this month.

Rachel Lattimer and Josslyn Miller

SEGC also had five groups taking part in Group Seeding at the same venue.

The Robins and Sparrows were in the Espoir section, Starlings
and Falcons in the Junior, and Eagles in the Senior (the junior and senior groups are pictured at the top of this article). 

The Robins

The Robins group of Lily-Rose Doel, Sophie Ablitt, Freya Smith and Scarlett Edge performed great routines to finish 21st in a very big category.

It means they have qualified for the National League for 2019.

The Sparrows

The Sparrows group of Lucie Moller, Rhiann Richardson, Holly Vickers, Indiah Sandy, Lexie-Blu Robinson and Romilly French performed well-executed routines to finish tenth.

That secured their spot in this year’s Elite League.

The Falcons group of Abigail Merchant, Alicia Barnes, Georgia Stuart-Evans, Alina Berezina, Hollie Dawes and Olivia Beech performed well with ribbon to finish joint ninth and qualify
for the National League.

Josslyn Miller, Louise Imamzade, Francesca Foster, Louisa Duff and Isla Sewell-Moore made up the Starlings, who finished fourth for a place in the Elite League.

And the Eagles – Connie Miller, Rebecca Wright, Zoe Harrison, Katie Bardwell, Keira Miller and Jade Woollard – performed two amazing routines to finish third and qualify for the British Championships.

Rebecca Bunce, Acting Head of Rhythmic Gymnastics, said: “I’d like to say a special well done to Freya, Scarlett, Lexie-Blu, Romilly, Alina and Georgia, who all competed extremely well in their first rhythmic national competition.

“And I am extremely proud of all of the girls that competed – to have all of our groups qualify for either the National or Elite league is an amazing achievement.

“And finally I want to wish the best of luck to all of the individuals who will be competing in their Grades competition in a few weeks.”