ELISE ADEYEMO marked her return to action after a year out with a knee injury by winning a gold medal on bars in Colchester.
The 10-year-old competed in the Level 3 (In-Age) section and was one of 18 girls from South Essex Gymnastics Club who impressed at the County Voluntary Levels Championships.
Sienna Goodwin was the overall winner at Level 5 (In-Age) and club-mate Maggie-May Shepherd was second, while Sophie Goodman took the Level 2 (14 plus) overall title.
Paige Moroney had one of her best-ever competitions as she was crowned Level 4 (In-Age) champion with her SEGC team-mate Ellie Petroiu second overall.
At Level 4 (14 plus), Faith Everett was second and Michelle Sillitoe third, and at Level 4 (12-13 years-old) Grace Dalton was second.
It was the second weekend in a row that South Essex’s artistic girls had come home with medals after Level 4 and Level 5 teams both won their sections at the Sapphire Invitational in Hemel Hempstead on September 26.
Coach Leah Hickton’s Level 4 team of Ellie Petroiu, Paige Moroney, Sienna Goodwin and debutant Violet Manser won their section by an impressive eight marks at the Sapphire School of Gymnastics.
The Level 5 team of Maggie-May Shepherd, Sarah Coker, Charlotte Cassidy and Shamiso Ndoro, coached by Caron Notton and Jade Burley, also impressed at an event which featured rival teams from London, Wales and the West Country.
And South Essex’s artistic girls also had a very successful day at the Essex County Levels 7, 6 and 5 competition in late September, taking home 12 overall medals and a further 30 apparatus medals.
You can read coach Karen Grieves’ full report on that competition by clicking here.
THERE was a strong end to September for South Essex’s artistic men too, as Max Whitlock had a stunning return to form with a new personal best all-around score of 91.600 at the London Open.
Max has had a testing year after coming down with glandular fever but he showed he was back to his best on pommel (16.300) floor (15.700) and parallel bars (15.100) to lift the Westminster Cup at the Redbridge Sports & Leisure Centre.
Max is now preparing with his Great Britain team-mates at the national centre in Lilleshall ahead of the World Championships in Glasgow, which get underway on October 23.
Leeds’ Nile Wilson was second at the London Open with South Essex’s Brinn Bevan taking the bronze with a score of 87.750, which included a 15.050 on parallel bars.
South Essex’s Jamaican star Reiss Beckford also claimed a top six place with a score of 84.600.
Max and Brinn have also been sharpening their skills this week with a Great Britain team taking on France in a training camp in Paris.
TWO of the club’s rhythmic stars got a national call-up in September.
Evie Savage and Rachel Lattimer, who are both ten, have qualified for a place in the British Espoir National Squad.
Rhthmic Head Coach Verity Adams said: “They are both unbelievably excited – and as their coach I am over the moon too!”
AND finally… everyone at South Essex Gymnastics Club did their bit in helping to raise nearly £400 on the World’s Biggest Coffee Morning in September.
Coaches, admin staff and many of the gymnasts’ parents all made some delicious cakes and cookies for the event which raised precisely £391.25.