Yesterday our talented Year 3 & 4 gymnastics team competed in the Greater Manchester Games. The games happen twice a year and the best teams in each of the nine Greater Manchester boroughs take part; we were representing Stockport after winning the borough competition.
At 8:30am yesterday morning, our excited and slightly nervous gymnasts boarded the minibus ready to travel to the opening ceremony, which was held at the Sport City Stadium in Manchester.
When we arrived, we were seated with all the other competitors, VIPs and supporters in the stadium and watched an amazing opening ceremony. Members of our team took part in the dancing and singing and thoroughly enjoyed themselves.
The final act of the opening ceremony was to ‘cut the ribbon’ to officially open the games. This was done by Kelly Massey an Olympic Bronze medalist and 400m Athlete.
The team then travelled to the gymnastics venue to begin their competition alongside Beth Tweddle (former GB Olympic medalist) and her team of coaches.
This is the first time the school has represented at this level and the standard was incredibly high with a huge number of very strong gymnasts and teams in every age group. The squad, although very nervous, remembered their routines brilliantly and performed with dynamism, poise and bravery (especially on the vault).
The team finished in 5th place, narrowly missing out on a bronze medal (there was only a very small difference in overall points scores separating the first five teams) which means they are are officially the 5th best them in the whole of Greater Manchester.
In addition to this, Alys in Year 3 was awarded the 3rd best gymnast overall in the whole competition.
They team represented the school magnificently and showed how dedicated and focused they were throughout the day. We are very very proud of them and special mention must go to Mrs Mansfield, for her help during the day and the parents who came to support.
Here are some pictures of our amazing squad