Orgill Primary School pupils win gymnastics competition

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Orgill students Ellie Redshaw, Molly Pater, Carlton Atkinson, Matilda Rogers and Sophie Smith
Orgill students Ellie Redshaw, Molly Pater, Carlton Atkinson, Matilda Rogers and Sophie Smith
28 February 2017 11:27AM

Talented gymnasts from Orgill are celebrating after taking first place in a primary school competition.

Six pupils from Orgill Primary School competed against 17 other teams in a gymnastics contest, which was judged by West Lakes Academy students.

Ellie Redshaw, Carlton Atkinson, Matilda Rogers, Molly Pater, Sophie Smith and April Willacy completed a floor routine and a bench routine to take victory.

Bryony Fisher, the school’s PE leader, said she was “incredibly proud of everyone involved” and added: “It was an amazing event which was really well organised.”

The students had been working towards the competition, held at Montreal School, Cleator Moor, by training after school since before Christmas. They will now compete in the district finals.

“The children were delighted to win,” said assistant headteacher Holly Collins. “They performed confidently in front of the other schools.”

Key Steps competitions were created to aid the development of young gymnasts at a grass-roots level in primary schools. There are three disciplines covered by Key Steps – floor, vault and body management. Routines include balancing, jumping, rolling and flexibility skills.

A post on the school’s Facebook page said: “Please join us in saying a massive congratulations to our amazing gymnasts who competed in an event against other local schools and came in first place!”

Pupils at the school are also preparing for this year’s Rock Challenge performance, with Charlotte Young, from Razzamataz Theatre School helping to choreograph the dance.

More than £500 was raised towards the competition when students helped out as Santa’s elves at Christmas to support Egremont Crab Fair committee’s fundraising efforts.

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