National success for Academy gymnasts

PUBLISHED: 14:27 22 May 2018 | UPDATED: 14:27 22 May 2018

Ruby Robinson, Nakaiya Bonner, Poppy Harris.

Ruby Robinson, Nakaiya Bonner, Poppy Harris.


Five members of The Academy of Gymnastics in Portished, took part in the national championships.

The National Compulsory Championships were held in Stoke-on-Trent for gymnasts aged nine to 11-years-old and The Academy of Gymnastics in Portishead, saw five young gymnasts competing against the country’s best.

In the Level 4 category, Nakaiya Bonner, Ruby Robinson and Poppy Harris had all qualified to represent the South West of England in their first national final.

Poppy was the travelling reserve and supported the team throughout, ensuring she was ready to step in at any moment.

Nakaiya performed tremendously including a second place finish on the floor, however an unfortunate fall from the beam kept her out of the top 10, a fantastic 14th place finish in Great Britain was achieved out of the 57 competitors.

Ruby showed her poise and class with some impressive individual scores and strong all-around performance to finish in an amazing fifth place.

The trio did not stop there, coupled with two other gymnasts from the region, their scores placed them first as a team, beating off the East of England and London and taking home the gold medals and trophy.

In the Level 3 category, Leanne Cuff also qualified to represent the South West of England at her first national final, missing last year due to injury.

Leanne started confidentially and carried her confidence throughout. Her new bar routine wowed the judges to place sixth on this piece and coupled with a fantastic beam saw her finish in an astounding sixth place, against the country’s top nine and 10-year-olds.

The South West Team also finished in sixth place, finishing off a fantastic competition for Leanne.

Finally, Madi Morgan finished off the weekend competing in the Level 2 competition. Madi had some uncharacteristic mistakes, however pulled it back on range and conditioning where her beautiful performance took the top spot in Great Britain.

Overall, Madi finished in an incredible 12th place and more importantly passed her grade with ease, ensuring she can continue on to the Level 1 Elite Grade next year.

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