South West Inter Counties Floor & Vault Championships 2003

Gold for Sophie

Sunday May 18th was the date of one of the top events in the southwest Gymnastics calendar. The Competition was held at Plymouth Swallows Gymnastics Club, Plymouth.

After a 5 am start Gymnasts and coaches made the 3 ½ hour trek down the M5.

There were teams representing Bristol, Devon, Dorset, Cornwall, Somerset, and Gloucestershire, with up to 5 Girls in each team, with the highest 4 scores in each team to count.

11 year old Sophie Bogdiukiewicz From The Gym Centre Cheltenham was invited to represent the county in the under 12 section with 4 Girls from Fromeside Gymnastics Club in Winterbourne, South Gloucestershire.

Sophie was under pressure from the start, finding out on her arrival that she was to be the first competitor of the day to do her Floor exercise and would set the standard for the judges for the rest of the competition.

Sophie started with a dynamic first tumble run, consisting of a very high Punch front somersault, Step out, Round off Back Flick, Back Somersault.

And carried on to a Split Leap with a leg change, a full turning Wolf jump and a massive full turning straddle jump with a perfected landing, proof indeed that she is now maturing into one of Gloucestershire's top competitors. She finished the routine with a tumble run of Round off Back Flick Arabian Back Somersault.

Sophie came 4th on Floor and 9th on Vault out of the best 22 Girls in her age group, in the Southwest, and more than helped the Gloucestershire team to a Gold Medal.

Gloucestershire's score was 58.830, which was a remarkable 3.470 in front of the silver medal winners, Dorset.


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