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Perfect 10; liverpool's artistic women take british titles into double figures - as sophie heads for vegas.

Byline: DAVID PRENTICE Deputy Head of Sport dave.prentice@liverpool.com Prenno @

IT was the gymnastics club which supplied four-fifths of Team GB at the London 2012 Olympics.

It was the inner city centre responsible for producing the most successful gymnast Britain has ever seen in Beth Tweddle.

And it is a club which has produced seven Olympians and nine World Championship gymnasts since it opened its doors almost 25 years ago.

But even by its own elite standards, the City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club has just celebrated one of its most successful ever seasons.

Confirming its place at the very top of British Gymnastics, the club's Women's Artistic team won an historic TENTH British Team title.

The city's trampoline squad leaped to an impressive 16 per cent of medals at the recent British Championships.

Five trampolinists have been selected for next month's World Championships in Denmark.

And City of Liverpool veteran Sophie Singleton-Scott is now heading to Las Vegas to star with Cirque du Soleil in the permanent Beatles show, Love in Vegas.

Sophie has been a City of Liverpool gymnast for 18 years - originally as an artistic gymnast before transferring to trampoline in 2003 where she went on to represent Great Britain at youth and junior level.

And head coach Jay Scouler said: "Sophie has become part of the furniture at the gym. She has been an ambassador for the club and a great role model for our younger gymnasts.

"We will all be sad to see her go but all wish her the very best in her new adventure.

"Opportunities like this are great as many people think that once a gymnast finishes competing that's it, but Circus provides a well paid career option."

Scouler is thrilled by the year the club has enjoyed so far.

"To have the elite British Championships in our incredible city was a massive honour," he added. "I'm a Scouser born and bred and the only thing I like more than showing off our city's amazing gymnasts is showing off our outstanding city!

"Liverpool is a vibrant mix of history, heritage and modern culture all of which is cemented together by our warm and welcoming people.

"In the competition our gymnasts stood up and delivered. My personal highlight was Luke Strong who took the senior men's individual title, winning a car in the process!

"Also, in the ladies event Pamela Clark took the bronze medal. It was amazing for me to have two of my exgymnasts on my coaching staff at Liverpool and seeing their gymnasts winning medals makes feel feel both proud - and a bit old!" The Women's Artistic team, under the guidance of head coach Claire Duffy, won a 10th British team title, finishing a full five marks ahead of the next best team.

In the world of gymnastics, where the scores come down to thousandths of a point, a full five marks represents a comprehensive victory.

2012 Olympian Rebecca Tunney captained the seven-strong team which included fellow Rio Squad gymnast Charlie Fellows, GB international and up-and-coming star Lucy Stanhope, national squad members Ellee Cheetham, Jade Stedford and Olivia Williams, plus Liverpool elite squad member Kelsey Moore.

On the trampoline, the city's bouncers took the Liverpool ECHO Arena by storm claiming an impressive 16 per cent of all the medal available. The next best club took nine per cent.

City of Liverpool Gymnastics Club |have five seniors selected for the World Championships to be held in Denmark on November 23-29.

Luke Strong and Pamela Clark on the individual trampoline, and Nicole Short, Michael McNabb and Andrew Houston on the double mini-trampoline. Rebecca Tunney and Charlie Fellows hope to join them when the Women's Artistic team is announced on October 12.

BRITISH TRAMPOLINE RESUILTS Trampoline: Luke Strong (right) senior men's champion, Pamela Clark senior women's bronze, Daniel Sale 17-18 boys silver, Rhys Northover 15-16 boys silver, Daniel Sullivan 15-16 Boys 7th, Olivia Kenny 15-16 girls silver, Bethan Davies-Williams 15-16 girls 5th, *Zak Perzamanos 11-12 boys gold, Samuel Ramos 11-12 boys silver, *Joe Feeney-Shaw 11-12 boys bronze, Grace Bagguley 11-12 girls 4th, Keira Shaw 11-12 girls 7th Synchronised Trampoline: Luke Strong senior men's gold with Kayvon Arasteh (Olga), Rhys Northover 15-16 boys gold, Zak Perzamanos/Sam Ramos 11-12 boys gold Double Mini Trampoline: Andrew Houston senior men's bronze, Michael McNabbsenior men's 4th, Nicole Short senior women's 3rd, Ben Atkins 17-18 boys gold, Daniel Sale 17-18 boys silver, Zak Perzamanos 11-12 boys gold, Samuel Ramos 11-12 boys silver * Representing Springers TC Crosby

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Date:Oct 8, 2015
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