A TOTAL of 11 gymnastics teams, mainly from the North West of England, journeyed to the Island to take part in the second Isle of Man Gymnastics Association invitational two-day competition at the Ian Bradshaw Centre.

The team events, including four Manx teams, took place on the opening day when the boys had an early start competing in the morning.

Four visiting judges oversaw the event and comment was made as to the noticeable improvement in the standards of the Island gymnasts.

The IoM junior boys' team of Harshul Measuria, Colin Furner, Josh Thornton, Daniel Everest and Thomas Kinrade eventually finished in the bronze medal position.

Meanwhile, the Island senior boys finished in the silver medal place behind the team from Bury who took the Manx Telecom men's team title.

Representing the Island were Alex Hedges, Joe Smith, Graham Furner, Makunda Measuria and Adam Hedges. Alex also won the silver medal for impressive individual performances on the six pieces of apparatus.

The Isle of Man girls' A team, comprising Lorna Heaton, Laura Mudge, Danielle O'Neill, Olivia Curran and Katie Norman, competed in a high-quality event which included the current English all-round champion performing for Vernon Park.

Although the Manx girls produced some fine individual performances on the apparatus they were unable to match the strength in depth of the visiting teams.

Vernon Park took the Manx Telecom women's team title with Colchester finishing as runners-up and Garstang third.

On the second day of competition the individual apparatus finals were held with the top scorer on each piece, from each team, taking part.

Isle of Man results — Junior boys vault silver Harshul Measuria. Senior boys vault gold Joe Smith; silver Makunda Measuria. Parallel bars bronze Alex Hedges. High Bar silver Alex Hedges. Rings silver Alex Hedges; bronze Graham Furner. Pommell silver Alex Hedges; bronze Joe Smith. Floor silver Joe Smith.

In the girls' apparatus finals there were 11 competitors in each event and there were some breathtaking performances. To see gymnastics of this standard being performed on the Island was inspiring for all the local gymnasts.

Olivia Curran won a bronze medal on vault and was only 0.1 behind the silver medal position. Meanwhile, Danielle O'Neill performed on bars and beam, gaining fourth and fifth places.

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