IT was a simply stunning weekend for South Essex’s elite girls at the national finals at the Guildford Spectrum which coach Leah Hickton described as a “highlight” of her career.
Ellie Petroiu was combined overall Level 3 British champion, Ellie Gargett combined second at Level 2, and Sienna Goodwin combined Level 4 third and part of the gold-medal winning East team.
Their combined scores were based on results at the Compulsory Levels at the start of the year and last weekend’s (November 4-6) Voluntary Age Group Championships 4, 3 & 2 in Surrey.
At Level 3, Paige Moroney also finished combined 4th and Violet Manser in a combined 14th place.
Leah, who has just stepped down after a successful year as SEGC’s Head of Women’s Artistic Gymnastics, said: “It meant Ellie Petroiu retained her title as she was crowned Level 4 age group champion last year.
“This is a huge achievement for her and the club’s women’s artistic section and also a massive highlight of my career so far.
“Ellie Gargett competed in the category with the highest level of skills and the oldest age group.
“Her round on started around 4pm on Saturday and didn’t finish until around 9pm so it was a long time for her to be competing but she wasn’t fazed and had the competition of her life.
“She performed a perfect stick on vault and he overall second place in Great Britain is the highest position she has ever come in a national finals.
“She also got the highest beam score and the second highest floor score, and added more medals by placing second with the combined scores to come second in the country.
“On the Sunday, Sienna performed amazingly, showing extreme confidence being in the youngest age group of the weekend.
“She won a silver in the all-around – missing out on first by only 0.150 of a mark – and came combined third in the country.
“Sienna was also part of the East Team which went completely clean over four pieces to become Level 4 British team champions.
“It was a fantastic achievement for South Essex to have girls at all levels on the podium at a British level competition – something that hasn’t been done for as long as I can remember.
“I’ve always wanted us to have girls competing across all age groups in the elite section, but to have them medalling at British competitions is one of my proudest moments as a coach.
“So very well done everyone and what a way to end the year of competition for them!”