Pascal shines against Spain

GYMNASTS: Ipswich-based gymnastics starlet Pascal Craymer has again been in international action for Great Britain. Pascal competed against Spain after beating off stiff competition to claim one of seven places in the GB team in a trial at Lilleshall.

IPSWICH-based gymnastics starlet Pascal Craymer has again been in international action for Great Britain.

Pascal competed against Spain after beating off stiff competition to claim one of seven places in the GB team in a trial at Lilleshall.

The teenager – a member of the Pipers Vale Gymnastics Club – finished seventh out of 30 girls in action to clinch the last available squad spot.

Pascal's trial performance also put her in the frame for selection for the Junior European Championships to be held later this month. 


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The international against Spain was also the final trial for the Europeans and consequently the gymnasts were under a lot of pressure.

But Pascal rose to the occasion and moved from seventh position to fifth, putting her in a position of being one of the reserves for the European Championships.

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"This was hard for Pascal," said Pipers Vale head coach Andy Wood. "She has done six competitions in six weeks and and has held it together for nearly all of them. 

"She trialed for three internationals and made them all. This shows the calibre of gymnast she is. She also has qualified as one of the non-travelling reserves for the Europeans which is fantastic." 

Pascal's next competition is the regional club team championships in Colchester in June.

Meanwhile, Pipers Vale gymnasts Amber Hale, Jasmin Clarke and Charlotte Shelley won medals at the Suffolk County Grades Championships.

Gymnasts from around the county were competing to go through to the regional finals to be held in Ipswich next month.

There were three grades in all, 6, 5 and 4, and Pipers Vale had gymnasts in 6 and 5.

Jasmin, Charlotte, Daniella Pack, Amy Robinson and Holly Morton were in action in grade 6.

All of the girls passed the grade which was the first task, but Jasmin shone above the rest to take the county title and gold medal with a whole mark between her and the silver medallist.

Charlotte worked well and showed her potential by coming third to take the bronze. Both girls go on to the regional final on May 12. 

Grade 6 results: 1 Jasmin Clarke, 3 Charlotte Shelley, 4 Daniella Pack, 5 Amy Robinson, 10 Holly Morton.

In grade 5 the club had Amber Hale, Melissa Drury, Emma Robinson, Bethany Travis, Samantha Squirrell, Claire Filby and Lucy Eversden.

Again all of the girls passed the grade which was the principal target.

Amber's performance earned her second place, the silver medal and a place in the regional final.

Grade 5 results: 2 Amber Hale, 4 Melissa Drury, 8 Emma Robinson, 9 Bethany Travis, 12 Samantha Squirrell, 13 Claire Filby, 16 Lucy Eversden. 

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