Maisie retains her British title
PUBLISHED: 14:20 11 May 2011
Maisie Dodds from the Portishead Academy, retained her national club grade title.
PORTISHEAD Academy gymnast Maisie Dodds (15) was crowned British champion for a second year after winning the National Club Grade 5 title.
Maisie, last year’s Grade 6 champion, was keen to retain her title and gave a confidence display, finishing second on bars, beam and floor. She also helped the South West team to win their grade by over seven marks.
Six Academy gymnasts were selected to represent the South West Region in the National Grade finals held at Cocks Moor Leisure Centre in Birmingham. The youngest, nine-year-old Amelia Knight competed in the National Compulsory 4 Grade finals and Lydia Baker competed in the 3 Grade finals.
Amelia put in some good performance placing 12th on vault and ninth on floor, but mistake on bars saw Amelia drop down the overall rankings. Lydia again had an unexpected fall which also dropped her down the rankings list. Lydia excelled on floor with a beautifully balletic choreographic floor to be place ninth.
Ellie Haberfield and Madeline Hartnoll were competing in the National Club Grade 8 final. Ellie competed with confidence and style to be placed fourth on floor and with her scores combined Ellie was placed 10th overall.
Madeline competed with determination to be sixth on beam, fourth on bars and second on vault. Madeline finished fourth, just missing out on the medals by 0.1.
The girls performed so well that that the South West team took the bronze medal.
Autumn Barnes competed in the National Club Grade 7 final and gained some valuable experience. Her best performance was on the vault.
n Right: Maisie Dodds in action.