Added on: 18th May, 2018 by firstname.lastname@example.org
Sheffield High School for Girls has won the British Schools Gymnastics Association National Schools Floor and Vault Finals for the first time ever.
Representing Yorkshire, the six-strong under-19 team had already won the regional competition to qualify and travelled to Fenton Manor Sports Centre in Stoke on Trent to compete against 11 other teams from across the country.
Emily Wyman, Tiegan Walker, Lucy Buchanan, Freya Grant, Jessica Rodgers and reserve Isabel Tupholme performed on both the floor and the vault beating gynmasts from Tormead School and Surbiton High School to the title.
The team is now Under 19 national champions at both gymnastics and trampolining and the only school in Great Britain to hold national titles at both sports.
Liz Rodgers, assistant head (co-curricular) at Sheffield Girls’ said: “The girls have worked so hard all season and were really looking forward to the national finals.
“They were so full of determination to win a national gymnastics title - the elusive accolade that the school had not yet won, in spite of numerous trampolining national titles and qualification to gymnastics finals.
“They performed with real team spirit, doing their best for each other, the school and themselves.”
“This is an amazing first for the school. We have never won this competition and it is notoriously difficult – I’ve been taking teams to this competition for 21 years and we’ve finally achieved the top accolade.”
Lucy Buchanan was the overall highest scoring U19 girl and won an individual award, while coach, Key Stage 2 teacher and SHS alumni Emily Green’s Under 11 team - Lucy Rowe, Imogen Hasan, Caitlin Burlton, Holly Tillyer, Gabby Leek and Ella Gardner-Thorpe - was placed fifth, in their best performance ever in the competition.
Liz added: “This is the most successful school gymnastics and trampolining season ever. It also comes at a great time for school sport as we officially open our new gym facility next month.
“We encourage all our pupils to participate in physical activity and to find a sport that motivates them.
“Studies have shown physical exercise not only benefits pupils’ fitness but can also improve their concentration, help with exam pressure and foster team building.”
News from Sheffield Hallam University earlier this week highlighted that PE in some Sheffield schools is being sidelined in favour of literacy and numeracy to boost school’s figures despite a growing obesity crisis in the city.
Some headteachers are forsaking PE amid growing pressure to achieve good SATs results, meet Government targets and appease Ofsted.
Sheffield Girls’ junior and senior teams have had five podium places at national finals this year and 12 national finalist teams.
The five podium places were: U11 Novice Trampolining (2nd place), U16 Milano Team Gymnastics (3rd place), U19 Floor and Vault (National Champions), U19 Novice Trampolining (National Champions) and U19 Elite
Trampolining (2nd place) plus national finalist teams in U11 Intermediate Trampolining, U11 Milano Team Gymnastics, U11 Floor and Vault, U13 Milano Team Gymnastics, U14 Intermediate Trampolining, U15 Novice Trampolining and U19 Milano Team Gymnastics.