Tal­ented young gym­nasts are pro­gress­ing in leaps and bounds

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Sport -

SINCE PE­GA­SUS founded their first satel­lite club at Nor­ton Knatch­bull school in the Au­tumn of 2005 the op­por­tu­ni­ties for Ash­ford gym­nasts have never looked bet­ter.

The sec­ond satel­lite based at Beaver Green was added a year later .

The satel­lite cen­tres, or­gan­ised as part of Mid Kent and Ash­ford School Sports Part­ner- ship, pro­vide the op­por­tu­nity for chil­dren to ex­pe­ri­ence the thrills and de­lights of club gym­nas­tics un­der the guid­ance of highly qual­i­fied coaches in a safe en­vi­ron­ment.

Mem­bers have en­joyed suc­cess not only in achiev­ing Bri­tish Gym­nas­tics Awards but also in the Kent Key Steps com­pe­ti­tions in 2007 and 2008.

Those with ap­ti­tude have the op­por­tu­nity to trans­fer to the club’s home, based in a con­verted ware­house two min­utes from junc­tion eight on the M20.

There, in a fully equipped gym in­clud­ing an in­ter­na­tional stan­dard sprung floor where Ash­ford gym­nasts have blos­somed, in ad­vanced classes for the floor and vault squad, or as mem­bers of the artis­tic squad sys­tem.

The gym­nasts have en­joyed com­pet­ing in club, county and re­gional com­pe­ti­tions, ben­e­fited from train­ing camps with a na­tional coach from Ro­ma­nia and had the chance to at­tend an over­seas train­ing camp near Brux­elles.

Build­ing on this suc­cess, the fan­tas­tic re­sults of Bri­tish gym­nasts in the Olympics and ac­cred­i­ta­tion as a po­ten­tial train­ing camp for 2012 Pe­ga­sus have launched an­other lo­cal club.

An ad­di­tional satel­lite will open it’s doors at the Tow­ers School, Ash­ford on Mon­day, Oc­to­ber 6 with ses­sions for chil­dren in Key stages 1/2 as well as those in school years 7/8.

To find out more about the classes avail­able log on to www.pe­ga­susgc.org or con­tact Pe­ga­sus Gym­nas­tics on 01622 737170 or info@pe­ga­susgc.org

Some of the Ash­ford gym­nasts en­joy­ing suc­cess at Pe­ga­sus are: Leia Desseaux and Christie-Lee Pullen who passed Na­tional Grade 6; Joseph Beretta, in­di­vid­ual sil­ver medal in Re­gional NDP com­pe­ti­tion and also a team sil­ver in Na­tional NDP fi­nals. Joseph also won in­di­vid­ual gold in Pe­ga­sus Open and Euan Cox was a team mem­ber in Baskervilles Cup

Gen­eral gym­nasts: Char­lotte Daines (Open 2007 - 2nd, Sit­ting­bourne 2007 - 4th ), Maisey Hard­wick (Open 2007 - 6th), Ch­es­ney Swans­bor­ough (Open 2007 - 9th, Sit­ting­bourne 2007 - 13th), Grace Pit­man, Laura Bramley, ryn Bax­ter

Joseph Beretta took an in­di­vid­ual sil­ver in the re­gional NDP com­pe­ti­tion Pic­ture: He­len Cooper

Leia Desseaux astride the beam

Pic­ture: He­len Cooper

Ch­es­ney Swans­bor­ough in action on the floor

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