Wakefield tumblers living the American dream at US contest

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Wakefield Gym Club tumblers made waves across the pond recently as they competed at an international tournament in America.

The club picked up three medals at the Ludvigson Cup in Salt Lake City, facing teams from USA, Canada, South Africa and Brazil.

Under 12 competitor Maya Robertson took a silver medal at the event as she impressed on the big stage.

Leading going into the final round, a slight mistake cost Maya the gold medal, but she still sealed a highly impressive second place.

That was not the end of the medals, however, as Joseph Vessey took a brilliant bronze in a very strong field in his competition.

The Year 10 student from Huddersfield, who trains at the club five days a week showed some touches of class during his display, and his ability to change routine mid-somersault contributed to an impressive all-round performance.

Wakefield also took gold in the senior competition, European champion Rachel Letsche underlining her status as one of the world’s best tumblers with a faultless display as she blew the field away.

Elsewhere, Jemma Saunders, Amy Jackson and James Booth all put in some solid routines and were unfortunate to miss out on medals.

Following their success, the club travelled to Las Vegas where they met up with old teammates as Cirque du Soleil performed in the famous city.

The tumblers were given a backstage tour and met the performers after watching the Mystere show.

Earlier this month, young gymnasts at the club impressed at the National Development Finals in Stoke-on-Trent.

The gymnasts bagged a total of seven medals, including two golds, at a range of events at the National Finals on the weekend of May 18 and 19.

Libby Walton, Caitlyn Wigglesworth and Lauren Sykes took the British Title in the Novice women’s group with a score on 27.29, before Grade 3 trio Chrystal Waterhouse, Jess Judge and Ella Shackleton repeated the feat.

There were also medals in the Grade 1 women’s pair, mixed pair and group, Grade 2 women’s pair and Prep B women’s pair, while Grade 2 women’s group of Melissa Woollin, Aimee Nightingale and Molly Westerman-Knight were unlucky to miss out on a medal.

Wakefield Gym Club are always on the lookout for new members.

Anyone interested in joining can contact the club on 01924 302385 or email wakeygymclub@aol.com.