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Vale of cheers as boys rise to the Challenge! GYMNASTICS.

Byline: Lesley Browne

THE City of Birmingham boy's development squad were in action at the Pipers Vale gymnastics club, Ipswich, for the annual Pipers Vale Challenge.

Competing across three age groups, and against 211 other gymnasts, the Birmingham lads came away with some outstanding results.

First up for the day was Gabriel Langton in the over 6/ under 8 category. Gabriel showed calmness beyond his years and placed mature and competent performances across six pieces of men's apparatus to claim the overall gold medal with a score of 75.95 points.

Not only did he take the overall gold medal position, but also a further five medals for individual apparatus prowess; gold on pommel horse, rings, parallel bars and high bar, and a silver on vault.

In the under 9 age group was Zion Aserie, Brandon King and Trumaine Brown. The boys fought off stiff competition to place 1st: Trumaine, 2nd: Brandon and 5th: Zion.

To add to the overall gold medal already captured by Trumaine, he also attained gold on pommel horse and high bar; silver on floor and bronze on rings and parallel bars in the individual apparatus.

One of the highlights of the event was Brandon's gold medal on rings for a very accomplished routine. He went on to pick up silver medals on pommel horse and high bar and a bronze on floor.

A further highlight came from Zion, who produced the biggest cheer of the day from the crowd with his perfect score on vault, a handspring which rocketed off the table to a perfect landing for gold.

The last competition of the day was the under 10 category and the turns of Eizen Balu, Christian Mobsby, Orlando Thompson and Winston Powell.

This was the biggest entry of the competition with 77 gymnasts competing. Winston held his nerve to accomplish a very creditable third overall place, closely followed by team-mate Orlando in sixth place.

The boys, who did not just settle for overall placings, successfully medalled on individual apparatus with Orlando taking gold on pommel horse and Winston claiming bronze on pommel, vault and high bar.

City of Birmingham boys' coach, Luke Folwell, said: "This competition is fantastic for the boys as it allows them to perform not only compulsory skills but also voluntary skills.

"The results have been outstanding, picking up 23 medals, and the boys can be very proud of their achievements. They have represented the City of Birmingham in a fantastic way."


City of BIRMINGHAM's Gabriel Langton, Winston Powell, Trumaine Brown and Brandon King stand proud at the Pipers Vale Challenge

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Title Annotation:Sport
Publication:Birmingham Mail (England)
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Date:May 20, 2015
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