TWELVE girls represented Swindon School of Gymnastics in the final round of the West Country League held in Melksham.

The Over 13’s senior squad went up against clubs from Bristol, Wales, Frome and Chippenham and the eldest member of the team Samantha Young, 15, led them around the bars, beam, floor and vault as the top four marks from the team of six counted.

Shannon White gained the highest mark of 8.10 on the A bars, while Millie Swift got more than nine for her beam despite a wobble.

Sam Young was rewarded 10 for her floor routine and Shannon White performed an outstanding Tsukahara Vault and was credited with the second highest score of the competition as the team earned silver on the day and won the overall league title.

Coach Wendy Payne said: “These young ladies are a credit to the town. Not only do they work incredibly hard during their 10 hours of weekly training, but they also prioritise and manage their schooling.’’ Swindon’s U13 senior squad was led by Tegan Seed and despite all suffering a wobbly start on the beam, Shannon Reynolds still managed more 10 marks and top spot.

Seed led the floor scoring with 10.95 and A bars, while Reynolds shone in the vault with 11.50 as the team finished fifth on the day and fourth in the league.

The Swindon School sent 15 girls to the County Grading in Trowbridge.

At Grade Four, all 10 of the Swindon gymnasts, aged eight and nine passed and gained highly commended status, nine achieving distinction.

Molly Smithson was first on the vault, Bella Giles and Daisy Law tied for best score on the bars. Phoebe Knott was the best on the balance beam and Smithson also took top spot for her clean floor sequence to earn overall gold. Giles took the silver and Law bronze.

There were nine entrants for Grade Two, where Hettie Truman’s bars and vault was the best and Kira Waite was better on the vault and beam.

Both passed the grades with distinction and took home the silver and bronze overall medals.

Grade Threes Alicia Warwick and birthday girl Manon Lauze both passed, Warwick with distinction and overall bronze, while Lauze was highly commended.

At Pre-Grade level, Beth Colley went clean and was second overall.