Forest of Dean gymnasts were once again successful at the Gloucestershire county grades competition

The youngest competitor at the competition, which was held at the Forest Gymnastics Centre at Five Acres, was six-year-old Maisie Bird.

She was one of eight Forest gymnasts years old.

Maisie, who was competing with girls two years older than her passed county grade five with a score of 43.97.

She excelled on bars to win this piece and came second on beam and third on floor.

In county grade four Margo Lane took first place scoring 43.49 and she also won on beam.

Dimity Deacon took first place on floor with an expressive routine and came second on both vault and bars.

Leyla Shakespeare took first place on vault and bars and second on beam.

At Grade three, Esmai Walding won the vault with good shape and flight and a 12.65 score.

She came second on all other apparatus successfully passing her grade with 43.60.

Leyla Shakespeare, Margo Lane, Dimity Deacon, Maisie Bird
Leyla Shakespeare, Margo Lane, Dimity Deacon, Maisie Bird (Pic by Forest Gymnastics) (Forest Gymnastics)

Izabelle Ward also passed her grade three with 40.03.

She came second to Esmai on vault, scoring 12.5.

Sophie Colling competing in the Grade three 2012 age group had a successful day.

Her expressive and elegant floor routine put her in firrst place.

She was also first on vault and second on bars and beam. Sophie passed at commended level.

Anastasia Shaporto, aged 15, was the only gymnast competing at county level one.

She gained good scores on vault and asymmetric bars leading to a good pass, with a score of 43.68

The day ended with a presentation to Lynn Hammersley who is the director of coaching at the Forest of Dean Gymnastics Centre in recognition of her 34 years’ service as Chair to the Gloucestershire Gymnastics Association.

Lynn has played a leading part in running the county organisation and the many competitions and events.

Lynn, who is stepping down from the position of Chair was presented with an inscribed glass plaque.