National title joy for Rodwell

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Long Stratton Gymnastics Club member Evie Rodwell clinched the Junior National Down Syndrome Artistic Gymnastics Championship.

As part of the Special Olympics squad, Rodwell secured a gold medal on the vault, silver on the beam, bronze for the asymmetric bars and fourth place on the floor to leave her celebrating the overall victory in Leicester.

As a result she will be travelling to Italy in November with the British team to compete in the World Down Syndrome Championship against 10 other countries including the USA, Russia and South Africa.

To help with her efforts, Rodwell is seeking sponsorship to attend the three-day event and any donations can be made via justgiving.com.

Elsewhere, 24 gymnasts from the club travelled south to take part in the Regional Team Floor and Vault Championships at Ipswich and joined 200 gymnasts in 50 teams from 11 clubs from all over the region.

In the level two competition the club entered two teams. The A team comprised Lilia Sharman, Rosie Munnings, Francesca Clark and Leliah Gibbons and with their team score of 66.30 claimed a bronze medal.

The team B of Charlotte Smith, Connie Melling, Lola White and Sophie Briggs scored 63.60 but were out of contention.

Two teams entered the level three competition with team A of Bethany Crane, Isabelle Ford, Katie McDonald and Coral Allison taking fourth place with a team score of 67.25, while the B team comprising Cleo Simmons, Natasha Allen, Stacey Allison and Victoria Ford scored 66.45 and made sixth place.

At level four the club entered just one team of Eve Macdonald, Lily Samson, Mae Clark and Teresa Oslavio and with their team score of 71.50 enough to clinch silver, while at level five, Harriet Hughes, Emily White, Jodie Button and Kelsey Wenden also won silver with a score of 73.25.