Molly flies into history books

PIPERS Vale's Molly Taylor confirmed her status as Britain's top ten-year-old gymnast with an outstanding performance at the British Voluntary Championships in Guildford.

PIPERS Vale's Molly Taylor confirmed her status as Britain's top ten-year-old gymnast with an outstanding performance at the British Voluntary Championships in Guildford.

Representing the East Region in the Level Three competition, Taylor scored 13.95 on beam (top score), 12.55 on floor, 12.675 on vault (top score) and 12.00 on bars on her way to the Level Three title.

The victory means that Taylor is now the first gymnast from her club, county and region to win both the National Grade Championships and British Voluntary Championships in the same year - the combined scores making her overall British champion.

Pipers Vale has previously produced a British champion in this age group in the form of Sophie Caparn, however, she had finished second in the British Voluntary Championships on the way to that title.


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“This was probably the best performance of any gymnast we have ever had at this level and is hugely exciting for the future,” enthused Pipers Vale head coach Andy Wood.

Meanwhile, there was further success for Pipers Vale at Level Three thanks to another superb performance from Charlotte Mwayi.

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Along with Taylor, Mwayi made up half of the East Region's Level Three team and scored 12.55 on beam, 12.05 on floor, 12.3 on vault and 11.30 on bars.

Those scores were enough for Mwayi to quietly emerge from nowhere to claim a sixth place national ranking from the combined Grade and Voluntary competitions.

In addition, 11-year-old Alice Foster's seventh place finish in Guilford, combined with her 16th place finish at the National Grade Championships earlier this year, was enough to give her a No.10 national ranking at Level Two.

Add to this success Jordan Lawrence's recent achievement of a No.10 national ranking at Under-12 level and Pipers Vale now have four gymnasts ranked in the top 10 nationally.

Wood said: “The future looks bright. The club is moving into a new era where success seems to be breeding success.”

In total Pipers Vale had six gymnasts competing at the British Voluntary Championships, the other three competing in the Level Four (nine-year-olds) competition.

The trio of Georgia Conway, India Goodman and Kaycee Child were all representing both the East Region team and Pipers Vale as individuals.

Unfortunately all three made mistakes on their first apparatus of beam, but then all rallied well to go clean all three remaining pieces.

Goodman and Child did not compete in the National Grade Championships earlier this year so therefore did not receive a national ranking, however, Conway's combined scores saw her ranked 14th for the year.

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