International gold for Maisie

PUBLISHED: 12:32 12 September 2012

Academy gymnasts.

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Two gymnasts from the Academy of Gymnastics in Portishead represented their country at the Senior Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Leverkusen Cup 2012 in Leverkusen, Germany.

TWO gymnasts from the Academy of Gymnastics in Portishead represented their country at the Senior Women’s Artistic Gymnastics Leverkusen Cup 2012 in Leverkusen, Germany.

Maisie Dodds, aged 16 and Jasmine Reed-Yang (15), both first year seniors were amongst the youngest competitors at this international event, but this did not hold them back.

England pulled off an incredible first for the national team and proudly took away team gold. Their victory was almost five clear points of the nearest team with England beating two German teams, Netherlands and South Africa.

In addition to the all-important team place, Jasmine put in clean and powerful performances on all four pieces earning the silver medal on bars and the bronze individual medal in the all-around individual competition.

Maisie excelled in her favourite piece and completed a clean round too. She took away the individual gold medal on asymmetric bars and placed fifth in the all-around individual rankings.

Nia Edwards (senior coach) said “I am immensely proud of the girls’ performances, they have worked incredibly hard and what better than to gain international recognition and European medals for England in this Olympic year.”


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