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23/05/14
Summerfields Gym Club gymnasts have had a varied and busy season so far, and have followed their previous successes by all gymnasts entered in the Meapa Invitational coming in the top six of their category. 

The Meapa in Gravesend is a highly respected gymnastics club, but one that Summerfields gymnasts had not visited for some time. Twelve of the more experienced girls had been perfecting their routines, and hoping that they would have an impact at the Kent based competition where only three clubs from Sussex had entered. 
  The first round was dedicated to floor and vault competitors and Alice Marosi was first to compete. Her floor routine scored 7.650 out of a possible 8.600 and set the standard for the Novice section. Her first vault landed on her knees, but she made the necessary adjustments to distance and speed to secure the top scoring vault, and giving her gold medal for the 8 year old section. She was closely followed by Sadie Burt in fourth place with 13.900 

In the 11-14 year old Intermediate group Jamyma Hanson and Lucy Clark both gave clean performances on floor and powerful vaults to take Gold and Silver in their section with only 0.250 separating them. Pippa Jackson fought valiantly against the girls three years older than her to finish in sixth place. Ella Harman was competing at the same time in the 9 year old group and despite a slightly disappointing vault score, did well to gain fourth place with a total of 14.850. 

The second and third rounds brought the Advanced, Bronze, Silver and Gold levels working on the floor pieces of Women’s apparatus – vault, bars, beam and floor. Kira Madge had not competed in a four piece event for over a year, and was quite nervous beforehand. However she used the adrenalin to her advantage, and started on beam with a very solid routine, showing excellent lines and good content. The confidence boost this gave her was carried forward to floor where she performed with full amplitude and musicality. Her final score of 27.850 put her in first position over the four pieces (Advanced 10-11 years), and also gold overall for the highest Advanced beam score. 

Following her club mate in the same age group was Alice Prior, who was also competing four piece Advanced for the first time. Nerves overcame her on beam, where she suffered loss of marks for two falls. However the rest of her routines were good, and she was eventually placed third (Advanced 10-11 year olds) and also achieved gold for the highest Advanced bar score. 

Libby Begbie was intent on winning her category, giving away very few marks on beam, and performing an energetic but well controlled floor. Her handspring vault gained her 8.200 out of a possible 8.800 and although she had a hesitation and wobble on her bar routine, she came out with a very creditable overall score of 30.400 and gold medal. She was also awarded gold medal for the highest vault score in the Bronze section. 

The last group to compete were the 13-14 year old Silver Level gymnasts - Jemima Beal, Paige Begbie and Lucy Burton. The trio are closely matched, and only slight errors separated their scores with them being placed fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.