Four pupils from St Anne's Fulshaw Primary School who were selected to compete for Great Britain have returned from a very successful trip to America.
Rhythmic gymnasts: Sophie Forsyth, Grace Forsyth, Jessica Winstanley and Leila Mulholland jetted off to Florida on Friday, 27th June to compete in the 2014 USAIGC and IAIGC World Championships (United States Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs / International Association of Independent Gymnastics Clubs).
Clare Daniel, Headteacher St Anne's Fulshaw CE Primary School said "They each competed in a different band of the competition according to their skill levels and were awarded medals according to their scores in three different events: hoop, free and ball.
"They had a fantastic time and visited lots of Florida's attractions including Universal Studios as well as training hard and competing all week. They brought all their medals and certificates into school yesterday and showed them to everyone. We were very proud of them."
Speaking about the experience Leila said "The gymnastics competition was amazing fun and I really enjoyed it. When we competed in the floor routine, it was really bouncy because it was a professional artistic sprung floor. It made our leaps even higher!"
Sophie added "It was so hot in Florida that we needed to keep really cool by the pool or our feet got burnt! We went to Universal Studios and Disney as well as practising and competing."
Grace commented "It was lots of fun and I really enjoyed the experience. In two years time we will be competing again in Los Angeles" whilst Jessica said "It was an amazing experience with our friends and it felt like we were competing as one big family. In two years time I will be living in Holland and competing for a different club so I will see the other girls in Los Angeles!"
Sophie (competing at silver level) achieved a gold medal in the free routine; silver medal in the ball routine and bronze medal in the hoop routine.
Grace (competing at bronze level) achieved a silver medal in the free routine; gold in the ball routine and silver in the hoop routine.
Leila (competing at bronze level) achieved a gold medal in the free routine; silver in the ball routine and bronze in the hoop routine.
Jessica (competing at bronze level) achieved a gold medal in the free routine; gold in the ball routine and silver in the hoop routine.
The girls were representing Great Britain, along with another 13 girls from the Stockport Rhythmic Gymnastics Club.