​Maltman's Green girls crowned BSGA National Gymnastics Champions

Posted on 22nd Mar 2022 in School News, Competition, Sport, Winners

The U11 girls from Maltman's Green have been crowned Under 11 National Champions in the British Schools Gymnastics Association Milano Teams National Finals!

On Saturday 12th March the Maltman's Green U11 gymnastics performance squad travelled to Stoke-On-Trent to compete at The British Schools Gymnastics Association (BSGA) Milano Teams National Finals. The team consisted of Georgia, Layla and Amber - all of whom qualified at the Southern Regional Milano Competition in December 2021.

The girls were very nervous as this was their first BSGA Nationals, but they had their game faces on and were ready to show the audience what they were made of. After a quick warm-up, they were marched into the main hall and very quickly it was Layla's turn to perform her Floor routine. She performed a beautifully elegant routine - mostly choreographed herself - and scored 15.133 of a possible 16.00!

Georgia was next, closely followed by Amber, with both girls performing energetic, clean routines and scoring 15.166 and 14.833 respectively. Fantastic scores at a national event.

The girls moved onto their Group Sequence where they were judged by a set of six judges all looking for different points and requirements. Again, they put on a marvellously entertaining display and scored a huge 27.50 out of a possible 30.00.

Last up was Vault. All three girls performed super powerful Handsprings with a solid stuck landing from Georgia. Amber scored 15.45, Layla 15.60 and Georgia 15.75 of 16.00. After they had finished competing, the Vault judge came to speak to Georgia and congratulated her on her fantastic Vault score and told her she had scored the highest score out of the entire competition in both the U11 and U16 categories! She was speechless.

Lining up for the presentations, the girls were nervous but knew they had done all they could and were hoping for a medal. After hearing the U11 Team scores for 2nd and 3rd place they were keeping everything crossed, and then it was announced "In first place, and the new BSGA Milano National Champions for 2022, are...the U11 girls' Team from Maltman's Green School!"

The girls were beaming from ear to ear! National Champions for the second time this year (the first being at the ISGA National Championships), what a huge achievement.

Shortly after, the announcer went on to give out the region scores. This is a combined score of both teams from each region in the same category. Our girls scores were combined with the scores from the second school from the Southern Region - Godstowe - and the Southern Region was crowned the champion!

The last presentation was for the individual champion with the highest score of the day. There were lots of strong competitors but Georgia thrashed them all and was crowned Individual Champion 2022, with Layla taking the Silver medal and Amber coming in 5th place.

Congratulations to all three girls competing in this event. It is a huge achievement to win a national title, but to be part of the team that won the ISGA and BSGA national titles two weeks running is outstanding.