Champ Amelie breaks through pain bar­rier

Young gym­nast takes top prize, weeks after break­ing ribs

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - SPORT - By Tim Street tim.street@trin­i­tymir­ror.com

High Wy­combe 31 Bea­cons­field 20 A LATE come­back was not enough as Bea­cons­field lost their derby two miles up the road at High Wy­combe on Satur­day.

The game be­gan with Wy­combe scor­ing three tries with­out much prob­lem against a Bea­cons­field team, who looked very or­di­nary in line outs, ball han­dling and scrums, giv­ing the hosts time to move their ball out to their backs.

Their first try came from their num­ber 10 Matt War­dle, the sec­ond a penalty try after a Bea­cons­field for­ward failed to roll away from the ball, and the third came from sec­ond row Peter Par­tis on the right hand side, putting them 19-0 up at half time.

After the in­ter­val, Bea­cons­field came out with more pur­pose,

DERBY DE­FEAT: and within five min­utes Andy Brodie ran un­der the posts, and while the con­ver­sion was missed, they slot­ted a penalty soon after. But the joy was short lived as a missed tackle let Wy­combe in for a fourth try, quickly fol­lowed by another from full back Joe Open­shaw.

Bea­cons­field hit back when a strong drive from prop Stu­art Robert­son took the ball deep into Wy­combe ter­ri­tory be­fore Ken Ka­vanagh car­ried the ball un­der the posts.

Then a break out from their own 22 saw Brodie race down the left flank for his sec­ond try to make it 31-20.

In the same di­vi­sion, Brad Parker also bagged a trace of tries for Drifters, while Olly Ash­ton kicked 11 points, but it was not enough to pre­vent a nar­row 26-21 de­feat to Bices­ter for the Farn­ham Common side.

Up in Na­tional Three London & SE, Amer­sham & Chiltern went down to a sixth suc­ces­sive de­feat when they lost 18-5 at East Grin­stead, while down in the Berks, Bucks & Oxon Premier, Che­sham were downed 29-8 at Hunger­ford. ‘NO pain, no gain’ could cer­tainly be Amelie Mor­gan’s motto after she be­come Bri­tish cham­pion for the sec­ond year run­ning at the Women’s Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics Na­tional Fi­nals.

The 11-year-old, from Farn­ham Common, scooped top prize in her cat­e­gory once more at Guild­ford Leisure Cen­tre just five weeks after break­ing three of her ribs.

But that kind of com­mit­ment to the cause should come as no sur­prise for a young­ster who trains 24 hours ev­ery week with Slough Gym­nas­tics.

The Bea­cons­field High pupil, who also reg­u­larly trains with the GB squad at Lille­shall, was com­pet­ing at Elite Level 2, mean­ing she was up against 32 of the best gym­nasts in the coun­try.

Proud mum Kate said: “The in­jury had put Amelie’s par­tic­i­pa­tion in the fi­nals in jeop­ardy, but through sheer de­ter­mi­na­tion she was able to not only pull through and com­pete on the day, but also win once more.

“She joined the club when it first opened in the au­tumn of

Mor­gan 2010, be­fore which she just did recre­ational gym­nas­tics. It might seem like she has come a long way in a short space of time to be­come a dou­ble na­tional cham­pion since then, but it cer­tainly feels like a long haul when she is train­ing ev­ery day.

“Win­ning again is tes­ta­ment to how hard she works, but the in­jury has helped keep things in per­spec­tive as any­thing can put an end to it. She was lucky this time – other gym­nasts get bro­ken legs, and you lose so much fit­ness in a short space of time.

“It is such a tough sport that so many don’t make it for the long haul and so few make it to Olympic stan­dard that the like­li­hood is re­ally slim.

“We don’t talk about the fu­ture but take each day as it comes. Amelie is so level-headed any­way, and if she stopped to­mor­row I would still be proud.

“I am in awe of what she has achieved al­ready.”

Amelie’s Slough Gym­nas­tics team-mate El­lie Bot­ter­ill, also from Farn­ham Common, had cause to cel­e­brate too.

Re-tak­ing her com­pul­sory grade, she landed gold after win­ning over the judges with an in­no­va­tive floor rou­tine per­formed to Sia’s ‘Chan­de­lier’, which has al­ready be­come a You Tube hit, at­tract­ing 6,000 hits.

There was fur­ther cel­e­bra­tion for Amelie’s twin, Fin­lay, at the Men’s Artis­tic Gym­nas­tics Na­tional Fi­nals in Birm­ing­ham.

The Bea­cons­field School pupil achieved two per­fect 10s on his way to fin­ish­ing fifth out of 48 of the UK’s best gym­nasts.

His Slough Gym­nas­tics team­mate Musa Sid­diqi, who at­tends Chal­font School, fin­ished one place above in fourth – help­ing the South Team take over­all sil­ver – and both have now been se­lected for a four-day train­ing camp at Lille­shall in De­cem­ber.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the club, visit www.slough­gym­nas­tics. co.uk or call Amy Jones on 07961 178432.

SOUTH­ERN COUN­TIES LEAGUE NORTH

James Wat­son breaks for­ward for Bea­cons­field against High Wy­combe

SUC­CESS: (From left) Gym­nasts Amelie Mor­gan, Musa Sid­diqi and Fin­lay

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