SWINDON School of Gymnastics competitors returned from the first round of the West Country League with a double podium finish to their name.

In total, a 14-strong Swindon contingent were in action at the meeting in Fromeside, competing in three leagues where three of four highest scores would count on each of the four pieces of apparatus.

The club’s five juniors, Isla McCalla, Mimi King, Naomi Atkinson, Jessica Reynolds and Hetty Truman, were up first, with McCalla leading the way after placing first on A bars.

Coach Lauren Cordingly said: “They all looked nervous and didn’t perform to their best, although I am very happy with the team spirit.”

The club’s nine seniors then took the floor, with Audrey Osei Akowua first up in the B league for competitors aged 14 and under.

Her dynamic tumbling and graceful dance gave her the second highest mark overall, earning valuable points for the Swindon B team.

Shannon Reynolds won the B league vault, competing a half-on-half twist-off, which helped the team to an overall win on the apparatus.

Amelie Tyler’s flowing bar routine earned her third place in the B league and more points for the team.

In the C league – for competitors aged 15 and over – Swindon’s Shannon White scored highest on the floor after landing an impressive double-back somersault for the first time.

She also won the vault, performing a pike tsukahara, and the bars after landing her new shoot-front dismount.

The final piece of apparatus in both leagues was the four-inch balance beam where nerves can take over and result in wobbles, falls and disappointing results.

Unfortunately, most of the team fell, but Tyler and White produced clean routines to finish in second and seventh respectively in the B league.

Jessica Lomas also stayed on for the C league team and finished top in that class.

After all the results were added together, Swindon earned a silver medal in the B league with a score of 173.61.

However, that was bettered by the club’s C league squad, who won gold with a score of 131.46.

The competitors and coaches will now return to training at their fully-equipment gym on Stratton Road and continue to work hard in the hope of mastering new difficult skills in preparation for the other two competitions in the league held in October and November.