SIKA hosts NI Championships

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On Saturday afternoon Sika Gymnastics Club hosted the Northern Ireland Gymnastics Championships at Coleraine Leisure Centre.

The club which has been running in Coleraine for the past 35 years was pleased to be asked to hold this event and there were many of its own gymnasts taking part. This was a “2 piece” (floor and vault) competition for recreational gymnasts who usually train for only 1 to 2 hours per week. Each competitor had already participated in a qualifying tournament in order to be eligible. The gymnasts spanned a number of age groups and ability levels.

In all there were approximately 100 gymnasts from 6 different Clubs who had travelled from all over Northern Ireland. It proved to be a very enjoyable day for everyone who attended whether they were there to perform or simply to watch.

Sika’s own gymnasts had a very successful day and were awarded the following positions by the Judges:-

Level 3 (age 6-7) Paris Best - 1st Vault and 1st Floor; Sorcha Doherty - 4th Floor; Eliza Swanson Cooney and Cara Lockhart – Joint 4th Vault; Alanna Benson - 5th Vault

Level 3 (age 8) Lisa-Marie Benson - 1st Floor and 1st Vault; Level 3 (age 9-10) Ciara Campbell - 4th Floor

Level 3 (Boys) Naiose Swanson Cooney - 3rd Floor and 3rd Vault; Level 4(age 9-10) Kerrie Keenan -4th Vault; Level 4 (age 11+) Melissa McMaster 4th Floor

Sika has two more weeks in the Gym before the summer break and then the Club resumes on Thursday 6th September. For any information about joining the Club for next season, please contact Mike Robinson – mkrobinson1@live.co.uk