Young Marriotts gymnasts are in the national arena

The boys from Marriotts took their first steps into the top level of gymnastics by competing in the men s British championships in London. The British championships are held in age groups on six pieces of apparatus – floor, vault, pommel, parallel bar, ri

The boys from Marriotts took their first steps into the top level of gymnastics by competing in the men's British championships in London.

The British championships are held in age groups on six pieces of apparatus - floor, vault, pommel, parallel bar, rings and high bar, as well as an overall championship for the total of scores on all six pieces.

Jack Maydom became the first Marriotts gymnast to take part in the overall championship by competing on all six pieces of apparatus.

He cemented his recent performance in winning the Herts county championship by finishing 22nd overall in the under-16 age group.

Jack produced some fine performances in his first national championships against the top gymnasts in the country. The overall championship is the total of the scores on all six pieces of apparatus.

Daniel Gardner, who is also county champion in his age group, competed on four pieces of apparatus in the under-14 championships, and almost came away with a medal in the vault.

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He scored 13.9 for his vault, just 0.1 of a mark away from third place and an excellent achievement from a field of 47 gymnasts.

In the under-18 age group, Keir Chettleburgh competed in the vault championship and finished in 18th place overall.

Head coach Derek Trotter was delighted with the performance of the boys and said: "It's a great achievement for the boys to be able to compete at this level, and the club is very proud of them."

Full results

Daniel Gardner (under-14s): fifth on vault; 12th on floor exercise; 37th on rings; 22nd on parallel bars.

Jack Maydom (under-16s): 22nd overall; 16th on floor exercise; 22nd on pommel horse; 24th on rings; 16th on vault; 23rd on parallel bars; 20th on horizontal bar.

Keir Chettleburgh (under-18s): 18th on vault.

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