Gymnasts from across North Devon schools competed at Kingsley School over the weekend.

A record number of gymnasts competed in the North Devon Schools’ Gymnastics Competition in Bideford at the weekend.

Almost 700 youngsters took part in the event at Kingsley School.

In the junior event, Bradworthy topped the podium in four events: U9 novice boys; novice mixed; U11 novice boys; and U11 intermediate mixed.

Newport and Marwood were each victorious in three categories, while Appledore, Holywell, Southmead, Clawton, Kingsley and Sticklepath also won trophies

Marwood sisters Isabelle, Annalise and Eleanor Roome made it a family affair taking home individual gold in the U7, U9 and U11 novice girls events.

Aiden Richardson, Jack Orsler and Josh Tappenden won the boys section. In the intermediate category Bella Ayres, Lulu Goaman and Niamh Sowden won again, this year taking the gold. Isaac Disney was also identified as the most promising gymnast.

The senior team honours were shared, with Pilton winning four trophies and Kingsley, West Buckland, Holsworthy and Bideford also taking home silverware.

Louis Beaumont, Mia Morris and Patrick Clifton all shone in both the intermediate and novice sections. Mia’s 9.8 was the highest floor score of the competition. Patrick’s sister Ella matched his success in the novice section and was joined by Mitchell Snook-Bevis. Daisy Scott was the top U19 intermediate girl.

The under 15s intermediate section brought a very close competition between the Pilton girls. Sophie Lethaby stuck her vault to score 9.7, the highest of the day, to secure the gold.

A minor error saw Sarah Foxton drop to bronze; she placed second at the nationals last weekend, only 0,03 behind first place. They sandwiched Brooke Timmins who won the silver medal.

The novice girls was won by Ruby Ivory with only 0.15 separating her and the next two, Annie Vann and Morgan Shell.

Peter McCabery and Jed Hooper had larger cushions as they took the boys gold medals.

The East Smiley trophy was won by Kingsley’s Megan Wray who entertained the audience throughout her ‘shake it off’ routine.

The Laycock Endeaour Award was jointly won by Callum Kingdom, Kearney Young and Ropert Murdoch who have each overcome difficulties to be able to compete. Park’s Bea Isaac was recognised for her efforts over many years particularly this year helping her teammates prepare.

The most entertaining and well choreographed floor routines were recognised by the award for musical interpretation. This was won by Grace Jones (Sticklepath); Lulu Goaman (Kingsley); and Pilton’s U15A Girls team.

The beautiful Charlotte Shaw Memorial trophy for poise, grace and elegance was won jointly by Esme Bater (Pilton) and Harriet Blackmore (Ilfracombe).

The final award, in memory of Andi Richards, was awarded to Brooke Timmins and Millie Ayres for their assistance and commitment throughout this competition season.

Both have given up their time to set up, help on the music or judge and clear away at each of the three schools’ events hosted in North Devon recently.